Maybe the 39% graduation rate from High School has something to do with it. Hey, at least we beat Portsmouth! (But is that something of which to be proud..."besides that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play...")
"By the Education Week method, 69.9 percent of ninth-graders nationwide went on to graduate with a regular diploma four years later. In Virginia, 73.1 percent did so.
In South Hampton Roads, graduation rates varied widely, from 32.3 percent in Portsmouth to 81.2 percent in Chesapeake. The newspaper used 2004 graduation rates, the most recent available.
According to Education Week, graduation rates were 67.4 percent in Virginia Beach, 55.4 percent in Suffolk and 39 percent in Norfolk.
However, a state formula that accounts for transfers came up with an 80 percent graduation rate for Virginia Beach that year."
In case you are counting, that means more than 2/3 of people in Portsmouth don't graduate. No wonder they are busy smoking angel dust and shoving their babies in microwave ovens.
Which reminds me of a joke I heard the other day about the state of education today. Two girls walk out of a school, one says "you know we just read the book "Heather has two mommies". The other girl responds, "what's 'two'?"