News in Brief: A State Capitals Roundup
N.C. Dropout Data
North Carolina’s dropout rate rose slightly, to 4.9 percent of students in grades 9-12, last school year—about 1,000 students more than the 2002-03 year, according to state data. The shift has prompted some state education officials to call on lawmakers to raise the state’s compulsory education age from 16 to 17.
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