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Dropout numbers alarming

When the Superintendent of Public Instruction released the results of the WASL recently, I was surprised that the focus wasn't on test scores. Instead, he focused on the students, a quarter of them, who weren't there to take the test...the ones that dropped out. That number made my jaw drop.

We've got to turn that number around. Focusing on early care and education, before kids even enter kindergarten, is proven to reduce dropout rates (I know this first-hand as a parent, and so do the researchers at Pew Center on the States).

I'd like to challenge our elected officials to change this horrible statistic by starting at the beginning. Let's support early education and care for kids in Washington!

/s/ Tammy S. Ferrell, Grandview

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