—Julie Bosman, "Education And Schools Are a Focus For Edwards," The New York Times, September 22, 2007
"If you're born in a neighborhood or town where the only high school is one where graduation is not the norm, how is this living in the land of equal opportunity?" asks Bob Balfanz, the researcher at Johns Hopkins University who defines such a school as a "dropout factory."
There are about 1,700 regular or vocational high schools nationwide that fit that description, according to an analysis of Education Department data conducted by Johns Hopkins for The Associated Press. ...
The highest concentration of dropout factories is in large cities or high-poverty rural areas in the South and Southwest. Most have high proportions of minority students. ...
Utah, which has low poverty rates and fewer minorities than most states, is the only state without a dropout factory. Florida and South Carolina have the highest percentages. About half of high schools in those states classify as dropout factories.
—Nancy Zuckerbrod, "More than 1 in 10 high schools in America are 'dropout factories'," Associated Press, October 29, 2007
—William Breyfogle, "Todd calls MPS a 'dropout factory'," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, July 2, 1998