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Failing Graduation Rates

Today the state reported that, according to a new calculation, only 66 percent of Oregon’s high school students graduate after four years. In the class of 2009, a full 28 percent of the students dropped out — that’s over 14,000 students. On today’s program we’ll dig into these numbers, talk to an administrator, and hear from some students who found programs that took them from would-be dropouts to graduates.

What’s happening to the state’s students? Why aren’t many of them graduating after the expected number of years? Should the schools, or the students, be doing something different? Or are the expectations inappropriate? Are you a teacher, administrator, parent, or student? What do you think of these newly reported statistics?

NOTE: We’ll also talk about yesterday’s other bad news: the $560 million budget hole in the current biennium, and Governor Kulongoski’s plan for across-the-board cuts of nearly 10%.


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