Alabama graduation rates still among worst in US

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The number of students graduating from Alabama high schools has improved but a new report shows the state's rates are still among the country's lowest.

The Johns Hopkins University report shows Alabama produced 2,300
additional graduates in 2006 than in 2002, with the graduation rate rising from 62.1 percent to 66.2 percent.

Only five other states posted higher gains.

But despite that improvement, Alabama's 2006 rate ranked 44th and was well below the national rate of 74 percent that year.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins' Everyone Graduates Center said Alabama has fewer "dropout factories" - schools where the number
of seniors was 60 percent or less than the number of freshmen three
years before.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by anonomous Location: dothan on Apr 2, 2009 at 03:00 PM
    If the parents would care more than they do. Then we would have more graduates. These children today are so influnced by drugs, violence, alcohol, and peer presure. Parents apparently don't talk and listen to their children enough. The parents are not involved in school functions,if so it's for the gossip among themselves. Children need their parents to lead them in the right direction. These children today are going to be our future. Take that and think about the economy and how it is today. The children are going to choose their path for their future. But it is up to the parents to help guide them with care and concern.
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