Don’t hire dropouts of high school age, Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott urged employers.
“It would send a powerful message to these kids to stay in school. It would be better for them, better for businesses and better for the state in the long run,” Scott said.
The Texas Association of Business had criticized education officials for reporting that only 12 percent of students fail to graduate; the business group thinks the dropout rate is closer to 30 percent.
Education Gadfly predicts graduation rates will fall when Texas “fully implements last fall’s stricter federal reporting regulations.”