Dropout fighters gather in Orono

According to recent statistics, one in five Maine students will not complete high school. A diverse group of business people, children’s advocates, and educators are meeting to discuss this issue at the University of Southern Maine. The summit will explore strategies to increase high school completion rates. The ultimate goal is to reach 100% completion, but a goal of 90% by 2016 has been set for now.

Though reducing dropout rates is a must for Maine, we must also address another troubling statistic. As of 2005, only 72.49% of Maine students, that’s public and private, move on to post-secondary school. Post-secondary school includes community colleges, 4 year universities or colleges, vocational or technical schools, and other continuing education programs. Hopefully we will see a summit advocating 100% post-secondary attendance as well.

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