‘The high school drop-out rate is 50 percent’ in southeastern San Diego.
Statement: An SDNN story about Nativity Prep Academy by freelance writer Rebecca Chappell noted that in southeastern San Diego “the high school drop-out rate is 50 percent.”
Determination: Barely True
Analysis: Chappell based that dropout figure on what she was told by David Rivera, the founder of Nativity Prep Academy.
In an interview, Rivera said he got the 50 percent estimate from research he conducted in 2001 with several University of San Diego undergraduate and law students, law teachers and social workers. It examined dropout rates at high schools in the 92113 and part of the 92102 zip codes, he said.
But Rivera didn’t have a copy of his original research. Neither did the University of San Diego.