High schoolers often shell out at the end of the year. There's yearbook costs, senior trips and the prom. All of that adds up in a normal year, but in the midst of a deep recession, parents and teens are scrambling to find creative solutions to finding the "perfect prom dress."
The latest estimates on the average cost of college from the National Center for Education Statistics is more than $11,000 for public schools and $28,000-plus at private institutions. Those price tags combined with a troubled economy mean high school seniors and their families are making tough choices about paying for college. Youth Radio's William Nelligan is one of them.
On New Year's Day a transit officer shot and killed an unarmed man, sparking multiple demonstrations and community outrage. Then last Saturday, a 26-year-old parolee shot and killed four Oakland police officers. Youth Radio's King Anyi Howell says the people of his city are weary.