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January 25, 2013

Leaders see hope in lower dropout rate

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“The students are getting the individual help in the areas they need it the most. When a student stays in school and graduates, he is literally writing his future full of prosperity,” said Santos. “It’s also good for the city because they are not hanging out on the streets being tempted and there will be less

Pavel Payano, a member of the Lawrence School Committee remembers seeing the auditorium full of classmates as a freshman and 40 percent of them did not graduate.

“I’m extremely happy, and it’s important to acknowledge that improvement. But it’s still 20 percent. It’s great that we’re retaining more student, but this is not something we should have a party about,” Payano said.

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