Relying on dropouts?

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, February 13, 2004

The

need for a second high school is even more desperate than one might think from listening to the arguments. The discussion has focused on whether the present high school can adequately serve the current high school student population of 1,600. But according to testimony this week before the Assembly, 20 percent of our students drop out every year. If we reduced our dropout rate, our high school population could be well over 2,000. Apparently we are relying on our high dropout rate to keep the student population small enough to squeeze into one high school and that is unconscionable. We must build a second high school so we can educate all of our young people. In a free society, education is not a luxury - it's a necessity.

Barbara Learmonth

Juneau



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