November 20, 2013

EDITORIAL: Problems in the rear view mirror, hard work awaits the future

The statistics are staggering. George McCanless, executive director of the United Way of Central Georgia, told a group gathered to recognize the almost finished Promise Center on Anthony Road, that the high school (Southwest) that serves the Promise Neighborhood zone had a 38 percent graduation rate last year. It gets worse. Forty-eight percent of the adults living in the Promise Neighborhood service area lack a high school diploma; 19 percent of the young men from 16-19 years old living in the zone are not in school and are not employed. Seventy-one percent of the preschoolers are not in any sort of day care. And while there are eight day care centers in the zone, five are out of license compliance. No surprise that the unemployment rate is 30 percent higher than the rest of Bibb County.

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