Hoping to make students think twice about dropping out, the superintendent
of schools in York, Penn., wants permission to award "undiplomas"
- documents that resemble regular high school diplomas but let potential dropouts
know what they could be in for if they don't finish their education. Specifically,
an undiploma says the recipient has decided to drop out "with the full understanding
that he/she may lose up to $420,000 in earnings during his/her lifetime" by
working in low-wage jobs or being unemployed.
"Sometimes, you have to hit people right between the eyes that this is
a life-altering decision," Superintendent Carlos Lopez said. "I've not had anyone
ever say to me they were glad they dropped out."
The Associated Press, via the San Francisco Chronicle