[Rachel is quoted in this article originally by Marquita Brown of the Clarion-Ledger, but picked up by the AP.]

Slight rise in Mississippi dropouts as state tackles problem by the Associated Press

Printed in the Philadelphia Tribune–July 13, 2010

A new report shows a slight increase in Mississippi’s dropout rate.

The state Department of Education on Thursday released figures that showed the graduation rate for this past year was 71.4 percent and the dropout rate was 16.7 percent.

The results compare with a graduation rate of 72 percent and dropout rate of 16 percent for 2008 and 73.8 percent and 15.9 percent in 2007.

The rate in 2006, the first for the current method of calculating the graduation-dropout rate, was 70.8 percent and 17.6 percent.

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