Tuesday, July 29, 2003

Bush Secretary of Education has Problem with Fractions

'Rod Paige, the secretary of education, yesterday defended the record of the public schools in Houston, where he was superintendent before joining the Bush administration. Advances in student achievement, Dr. Paige said, were genuine and 'still standing,' though he said 'there probably was' a dropout problem. ... The state audited 16 middle schools and high schools and found that of 5,500 teenagers who had left school in the 2000-1 school year, about 3,000, or 55 percent, should have been reported as dropouts. ... Houston as a whole reported a 1.5 percent annual dropout rate, though education experts estimate that the true percentage of students who quit before graduation is nearer 40 percent.'

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