Senator: California should pledge to halve dropout rate

07/21/2008 | San Francisco Chronicle

With more than 140,000 middle and high school students having left California schools last year, schools need more support and more accountability, writes California Senate president pro tempore-elect Darrell Steinberg, who also chairs the Senate's high-school graduation committee. The state should push for better alternative schools, more career-technical education, better identification of effective methods and training for all school employees to offer guidance to at-risk students.

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