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Colorado students who get into trouble after they are expelled from school cost state taxpayers millions of dollars a year, according to a new study.

The report, released this month by the Colorado Foundation for Families and Children, a Denver-based nonprofit organization, showed that 8 percent of the 1,452 students expelled in 1993-94 got into legal trouble within a year.

Sending a youth to a state juvenile correctional facility costs $30,250 a year, according to the study. By comparison, taxpayers pay $6,400 a year to educate a public school student.

Colorado legislators passed a "safe schools" law in 1993, requiring mandatory expulsion for certain offenses, including bringing weapons to school and selling drugs.

Private School Edge

Ninth graders in Ohio private schools outperformed their public school counterparts on a recent statewide proficiency test.

After the most recent testing session in October, only 48 percent of Ohio's 9th graders from public schools had passed the test, compared with 72 percent of 9th graders from private and religious schools.

Although public school students performed better than on earlier tests, state Superintendent John M. Goff said they were not improving fast enough.

Ohio students must pass the 9th-grade test to graduate from high school. Students have two opportunities each year in grades 9-11 and three in grade 12 to take the test. Mr. Goff said 92 percent of the state's seniors have passed it.

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