Upwards of 100,000 drop out of California’s public schools each year. Drawing on dropout research from California and a new book on dropouts from a national perspective, this presentation will address four facets of California’s dropout crisis: the severity of the problem and whether it’s getting better or worse; the individual and social consequences from dropping out; why students drop out of school; and what can be done to address the problem. Solving the dropout crisis will require the collective action by the state, local school districts, and individual schools.
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