Today’s Chronicle brought good news about high schools in California. Despite all the dire warnings about how many students are dropping out of high school, a new study finds that the numbers are small and concentrated in a few schools. This doesn’t mean that high school dropouts are not a problem that teachers and other citizens should worry about, but it does indicate that focusing attention on the few, high risk students is more important than sponsoring wide ranging programs to reach the average teenager. Most of the students in San Francisco’s public schools are getting a good education and completing at least a high school program. We need to ensure that most of them can go on to further post-secondary education, but at least we can celebrate the successes of the K to 12 schools in our city.
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