Speaking at the National Action Network just now, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, said he always uses a simple formula to see what the education scene is like in whatever city he’s visiting.
He asks how many 9th graders there are, and how many 12th graders.
In New York City, Duncan said there were 103,000 9th graders, but only 53,000 students in 12th grade. The audience gasped.
“My question to you is, where are they all going?” Duncan said.