To help spread public awareness about the estimated 857 students nationwide who drop out of school every hour, the College Board placed 857 empty school desks on the National Mall in Washington, DC on Wednesday.  The images are a powerful reminder — a sea of missing students:

A picture is worth 1,000 words: Americas droupouts

The College Board is calling upon both President Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney to make education a prominent issue in the 2012 election and to help put the nation’s schools back on track.

In related news, Gallup reports that Americans’ confidence in public education has reached an all-time low:

A picture is worth 1,000 words: Americas droupouts