"I couldn't have dropped out without hearing it from my grandparents, my neighbors - even the older thugs in the neighborhood," says Jay Henry, director of the Office of Truancy and Delinquency Prevention for Philadelphia's Department of Human Services. "The same message would have been reinforced 150 times a month: 'What do you think you're doing?'"
"Now, parents don't have those intimate relationships to support them," Henry observes.
Unfulfilled Promise, the study by researchers Ruth Curran Neild and Robert Balfanz of dropout trends for Philadelphia students in public schools between 2000 and 2005, revealed the magnitude of the crisis in Philadelphia and delineated the major reasons why students drop out.
The study looked at how many Philadelphia students dropped out during a single school year, 2003-2004.