Report: California's alternative charters have highest dropout rates

02/21/2008 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Only 25 California high schools, or 1%, produce more than 20% of its dropouts, and most of those are schools that specialize in students having trouble in traditional schools, a new University of California, Santa Barbara, study found. "Is the school doing a bad job, or are the kids at risk anyway no matter what setting they're in?" asked education professor Russell Rumberger, who is overseeing the California Dropout Research Project. "If that many kids are dropping out, it's unlikely that you're doing a good job."

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