The recent revelations concerning the dropout/graduation rates at Trenton’s two high schools were disheartening and foreboding of a difficult future for the City of Trenton. It is simply inconceivable that the city, and by extension the State, can support a population of young people with no meaningful education to prepare them for a life of relative independence. There can be no doubt that without some form of training or return to school another generation of dependent citizens will now be residing in Trenton and the surrounding communities. With no industry to speak of, access to the kind of jobs that will generate income high enough to maintain a home, let alone a family, will be next to impossible to find. It is generally accepted as fact that a high school diploma alone is no longer sufficient to open doors to job pathways of any consequence. Compounding this problem is the fact that New Jersey’s graduation test, the HSPA, yields practically no empirical data which would indicate what actual knowledge and skills our teenagers have truly learned in high school. Do today’s graduates have the content knowledge and practical skills to exist in today’s workforce or run a financially sound household; the answer is anyone’s guess!!