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How to dissuade kids from dropping out of high school?



Robertscott08 Don't hire them.

That's Texas education commissioner Robert Scott's suggestion. According to the Dallas Morning News, Scott — who's already facing criticism for the way his agency counts dropouts — has asked his state's business community to stop hiring people without high school diplomas.

"It would send a powerful message to these kids to stay in school," he told the Morning News. "It would be better for them, better for businesses and better for the state in the long run."

Bill Hammond, leader of the Texas Association of Business, immediately trashed the idea as unworkable.

"There are cases where kids who drop out get back on track first by becoming employed and then later continuing their education," he told the paper. "To condemn those kids to no employment seems pretty hard-hearted to me."

Almost sounds like a Florida argument, doesn't it?

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:30am]


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