Yesterday the Houston Chronicle had an article entitled "Study: 58.5 percent of Houston-area freshmen graduate."
I do not find this surprising. When the students family's socio-economic and cultural heritage do not value education and belief that they have property rights to things they did not earn, then they will NEVER find success in education and later on, in the real world.
If they spend $1000 on bling (their words) and use food stamps, then IMHO, they are losers. They are leeches. They should be allowed to drop out and no government assistance allowed.
Even better would to make it a requirement to receive government assistance is to REQUIRE drug tests of everyone in the family residence, ALL children under 18 are in school and passing ALL subjects, and ALL children in school have no discipline or criminal problems.
If any of these were violated, then all assistance would be terminated. Hit the parents of these losers in their pocketbooks and I promise the graduation rates would rise.
If these losers do not graduate, then to quote Judge Smails in "Caddyshack:"
"The world needs ditch diggers, too."