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Mayor Villaraigosa: LA dropout rate 50%!!! News Team

Recently California authorities published a report saying that the dropout rate in LA public schools was 33%. LA Mayor Villaraigosa challenges this report. He says it is more like 50%.

From Daily News…

Sharply disputing a state report, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Thursday said he believes the dropout rate at Los Angeles schools is even worse than the dismal 33 percent estimated by state officials.

Villaraigosa, who previously used the dropout-rate issue as leverage to take control of a handful of schools, said the new state figures released Wednesday did not take into account all relevant factors.

For example, he said, the state report did not count students who dropped out before ninth grade.

“I’m heartened they are highlighting the dropout issue, but I know it is higher than they are saying,” Villaraigosa said. “We know it’s 50(percent) to 60 percent and in some parts of the city 65(percent) or 70percent.”

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell on Wednesday released a report showing the dropout rate in districts throughout the state, trying to quell years of debate over the issue.

O’Connell said Los Angeles Unified has a dropout rate of 33.6 percent, above the state average of 24.6 percent.

The new report, which tracked each student using a unique identification number, was heralded by education experts and local school officials as a new benchmark to measure dropout rates and end the debate over the accuracy of figures cited in the past.

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