Hispanic High School Dropouts

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Today I want to discuss the issue of Hispanic High school dropouts which is a big concern here in Houston and the USA. In Houston, Hispanics are dropping out of school at an alarming rate and only a small group is going to college. This creates a discouraging problem for a city that is 40% percent Hispanic and growing. The reason for high dropout rate for the Houston Hispanics varies; it can include struggling to learn English, the need to work and help out the family to pay bills, coping with unplanned pregnancies and so on. The solutions are just as complex as the problem itself. Dropping out of high school has serious long term consequences, not only for the student but for the family and society. According to experts they say that between 3.5 million to 6 million young American’s between the ages of 16 and 24 are school dropouts. Texas researchers say society has to realize that sex happens, and children are under pressure. It’s not just teaching about abstinence or birth control. When we work on pregnancy prevention, we are working on improving our community and future generations. A college graduate can earn $1 million more than a high school dropout. One in 10 Hispanic high school dropouts eventually receive a G.E.D., which is at a high level of 41% compared to the 23% of Blacks and 14% of Whites. Hispanics are the nation’s largest minority group and they are 15% of Americas’ population. Hispanic adults with a GED have a higher unemployment rate than the Hispanics with a high school diploma. Although the Hispanic with a GED and a High school diploma make about the same amount yearly which is between $32,000 to $34,000.a Just how costly is a school dropout, well Americans that do not graduate pay a heavy price? The links between leaving school before graduating and being on low income have striking outcomes. There is a correlation between these
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