Massachusetts schools aim to lower dropout rates:

10/29/2007 | Boston Herald

Some Massachusetts educators are boosting mentoring programs and opening alternative schools with smaller class sizes to encourage at-risk students to stay in school. "When teachers and administrators know you by name, when you're in a smaller learning community ... school becomes personal again," said Kevin McCaskill, principal of a Springfield high school that divided up its 1,500-person student body into smaller groups to create a more personal experience.

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