As you get started in your discussions about "Bottom Half Teens," here are 10 questions to ask your community.
1: What does your community do to help graduates to transition from high school to work upon graduation?
2: In your community, are kids who are receiving C's, D's and F's engaged in learning and planning for life after graduation?
3: Is your community a friend to latch-key teens?
4: What is the state of bullying in your community?
5: Are teens being taught skills and given experience on how to be successful in jobs after graduation?
6: What would happen to your community labor shortage if 35 to 45 percent of the students of the class were apprenticed for three years and working 25 hours per week in jobs with a good future?
7: What is the percentage of 4th and 8th graders who read and do math at grade level in your community?
8: Is your community above or below the national average of 33 percent in reading and 35 percent in math who can perform at grade level?
9: How does your community deal with lonely and isolated students?
10: Is your community successful in solving the problems of disengaged teens, or are you just accepting the consequences?