Dropout Rates: South v.s. North

The truth of state scores.

The past attempts.

In the past, schools have tried many different things to prevent kids from dropping out of high school. One of which were online courses.

In an attempt to end dropout rates, districts all across the U.S. tried to offer online courses to kids who were thinking of dropping out. Since most kids who dropout usually have something wrong (ei. Bullying, Home life problems, Drug issues, Depression, ect.) in their life, District boards decided to offer kids an online course to take their classes and still stay in school. This utterly flopped as for most students who had these problems, staying home just made them worse.

KEYS Funding

Another solution that is close to working is KEYS money. This was a state offered solution of money given to kids to pay for in state colleges. The downside? You had to say in school to get it and have a good GPA to get your KEYS money, but most kids in the south leave school to work on a farm, or just because they don't feel like going to school. Why do they do this though? Because no one ever gave them encouragement to stay in school. So now we ask ourselves, How can we fix this?

The first steps to make this possible would be to encourage teens to say in school. Check out our Twitter to learn how we can make this possible.

Senators

The third and if not the BIGGEST factor in this situation are our state Senators. As President Obama stated, "When students don’t walk away from their education, more of them walk the stage to get their diploma". (-Vettese, John S. "Speak Outs - No Dropouts till 18: Is Obama's Proposal a Good One?" Annenberg Classroom. Annenberg Classroom, 25 Jan. 2012. Web. 11 Mar. 2015)

Obama has tried to achieve lower dropout rates, but the Republicans have held him back. As of now, Jobs are more of an issue to some senators than the focus on education. So not it is time to take action and make our state senators realize that they need to take action to fix this issue.

No Child Left Behind

The No Child Left Behind act was an act passed by George W. Bush in 2001 to help children who were at a disadvantage. It gave schools who participated funds to help schools provide for these kids. The problem is sometimes what was offered was not what the kids needed. Not only did it not work very well, but then the Republicans came around and disliked the idea. Notice a pattern? So in short the Republican and Democrat parties took what could have been good, tossed it around, and produced the sad little duck. If this act were a little less shot down by US parties, then it would have succeeded. Instead, it failed like the many tries before it.

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