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Generation Charleston Takes On High School Dropout Rate

About 17 percent of West Virginia high school students drop out before graduation.

For Generation Charleston, that’s a troubling statistic.

“This is a critical issue,” said Ryan White, co-captain of the group’s Public Policy Team. “The state’s future depends on turning around the dropout rate.”

Generation Charleston and the Education Alliance are hosting a Policy Forum, scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Equities House on Virginia Street.

“The purpose of the forum is to come up with a legislative initiative aimed at lowering the dropout rate in West Virginia,” said T.J. Meadows, co-captain of the Public Policy Team. “Educational leaders from various state and national groups have been invited to provide input.”

Several initiatives will be presented to groups of eight to 10 participants, who will discuss merits and make recommendations. The groups then will present the initiatives to all forum attendees, who will pick one that best confronts the drop-out issue.

The Charleston Committee for Change, an advocacy group of the Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce, plans to endorse an initiative during the 2011 legislative session.

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