Hearing in St. Louis focuses on preventing school dropout

Tuesday, September 29, 2009 | 9:22 a.m. CDT; updated 11:18 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, September 29, 2009

ST. LOUIS — The Missouri House Task Force on Dropout Prevention scheduled a hearing Tuesday in St. Louis as education officials work to reverse a rise in the dropout rate.

Missouri's dropout rate reached a low of 3.3 percent in 2003, but has been rising since then. During the 2007-2008 school year, 4.2 percent of students dropped out.

The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education says that amounts to about 70 students quitting for each school day.

The task force is drafting legislation on reducing the dropout rate, especially in urban areas.

A law enacted earlier this year changed Missouri's mandatory school attendance age of 16. Now, students must stay in school until they either turn age 17 or complete at least 16 credits.


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Karen Shiner September 29, 2009 | 12:17 p.m.

The Key to Dropout Prevention: How to Implement a Freshman Transition Course in the 8th or 9th Grade

Space is limited, and several teams are already planning to join us, so RSVP today!

One-day Workshop

St. Louis - October 13, 2009
(call or e-mail me for details)

You'll leave the workshop with incredible insights into proven dropout prevention strategies and:

The Course Standards for Freshman Transition Classes and an understanding of how they can impact your dropout rate
Information on funding opportunities including new legislation

The data and resources to generate buy-in for dropout prevention efforts from your school community
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And more!

A great workshop for high school and middle school principals, dropout prevention teams, vice principals of curriculum, and academic chairs of 8th and 9th grade programs, each registrant receives a set of five (5) Career Choices books, lunch, and all workshop materials, including a variety of handouts.

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Get additional details or register online at or RSVP by responding to this e-mail and I'll gladly hold spaces for you.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you!

Karen Shiner
Senior Educational Consultant
Academic Innovations
(800) 967-8016

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