Baltimore school officials have fought to end social promotion, but the district still lacks a program to deal with students who have been retained more than once. Consequently, schools have been forced to promote thousands of students even though they were failing.
New York City's dropout rate is about 20%, but educators say that if students who are pushed out of the system are counted, the rate rises to 25% to 30%. Chancellor Joel I. Klein says the practice must end because "we've got to stop giving the signal that we're giving up on students."
A North Carolina law that gives full health-care benefits to part-time teachers is helping the state attract former teachers back to the classroom. The law was in part designed to promote teacher-sharing, a practice in which two teachers split their workweek to oversee a single classroom.