High School Dropouts

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Working two jobs, paying bills, and trying to live a good life are what most dropouts go through. Education is a key factor in succeeding in life. However, not all students get to complete their high school and continue on to a college. Completing high school and getting a degree from college is the ticket to a better lifestyle. As we look around us, people are still living and paying off their bills even as dropouts from high school. However, they are living at a hand-to-mouth situation. Most dropouts probably work several jobs to just pay off their bills and support themselves. Today, you can have a well-respected job and a better lifestyle with simply an associate or bachelor’s degree. So, what is wrong with being a high school dropout? …show more content…
(3) Yet, a student is exempt from this policy if he fulfills the requirements under article 25.086 in the education code. (4) This policy lists the students who are exempt from the compulsory attendance age. Under this policy, a student of at least 17 years old working on an exam equivalent to high school with a few other requirements and a student of at least 16 years old also preparing to take an exam equivalent to high school with a few other requirements are exempt from the compulsory attendance age stated in section 25.085. (4) Both of these policies contribute to the percentage of high school dropouts. The question that boggles my mind is if students have to attend school until the age of 18 or can complete an exam equivalent to high school if they are exempt under section 25.085, then according to the Texas on the Brink report, why does Texas have such a low percentage of students who graduate from high school? (3,5) Because of the definition of dropout by NCES, I do not consider the students under section 25.086 as dropouts because they are “enrolled in grades 7-12,” are “not expelled,” do not graduate, but do get their GED. (2) Therefore, they are not dropouts. However since these students do not actually graduate from high school,
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