Trending
MOST READ
Chris Pérez, Selena’s Husband, Faces His Past and Looks Forward, Musically

Chris Pérez, Selena’s Husband, Faces His Past and Looks Forward, Musically

Music: Chris Pérez never saw it coming. “All I ever wanted to do was play guitar,” he told the Current. “I never thought I’d be the subject of an interview... By Enrique Lopetegui 8/28/2013
Chris Perez, husband of slain Tejana icon Selena, tells of romance, suffering

Chris Perez, husband of slain Tejana icon Selena, tells of romance, suffering

Arts & Culture: In one of the final chapters of his book To Selena, With Love (out March 6), Selena's widower Chris Perez mentions that Abraham Quintanilla, his former father-in-law, once... By Enrique Lopetegui 3/7/2012
New Sensation: SA’s Austin Mahone and teen pop superstardom

New Sensation: SA’s Austin Mahone and teen pop superstardom

Music: Like the bulk of Austin Mahone’s Instagram account, this one’s a selfie. In a white tank top, hair coifed up real big, Mahone arranges... By Matt Stieb 7/22/2014
Beaches Be Trippin\': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Beaches Be Trippin': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Arts & Culture: Let’s face it, most of us Lone Stars view the Texas coast as a poor man’s Waikiki. Hell, maybe just a poor man’s Panama Beach — only to be used... By Callie Enlow 7/10/2013
7 Public Art Projects Worth Searching For

7 Public Art Projects Worth Searching For

Arts & Culture: You’re likely familiar with the high-profile works of public art on view around downtown San Antonio: the gigantic, red swoop of... By Sarah Fisch 7/23/2014
Calendar

Search hundreds of restaurants in our database.

Search hundreds of clubs in our database.

Follow us on Instagram @sacurrent

Print Email

Cityscrapes

San Antonio's high dropout rates at the root of city's 'brain drain'

Photo: , License: N/A


Simply put, we're losing thousands of kids from high schools, kids who aren't very likely to go to college, kids who aren't equipped with the education they — and San Antonio — need to compete in today's global economy. Our real "brain drain" is the loss of potential in middle school and high school. All of the buzz about attracting young "creatives" by building a "great downtown" or investing in new housing, all of the public announcements of new tech firms lured to SA with one or another incentive, are not going to make our community really competitive and successful.

It's not as if we haven't known the statistics. They remain largely the same as decades ago. And it's not as if we haven't seen some effort to improve things. The Education Partnership was begun under former Mayor Henry Cisneros. Mayor Howard Peak pressed — unsuccessfully — a "Better Jobs" initiative in the late 1990s. Yet while we manage to find money to fix school buildings and widen highways, expand a convention center and build streetcars, serious improvement in local public education never seems to get the frank discussion, public attention, and real dollars we need to change things. It's really just a matter of priorities. •

Heywood Sanders teaches public administration and public policy at UTSA. His column appears monthly.

Recently in News
We welcome user discussion on our site, under the following guidelines:

To comment you must first create a profile and sign-in with a verified DISQUS account or social network ID. Sign up here.

Comments in violation of the rules will be denied, and repeat violators will be banned. Please help police the community by flagging offensive comments for our moderators to review. By posting a comment, you agree to our full terms and conditions. Click here to read terms and conditions.
comments powered by Disqus