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Texas Education Chief: Stop Hiring Dropouts

Wants 'voluntary ban' by state biz to get more to finish high school
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 31, 2009 1:30 PM CDT
Texas Education Chief: Stop Hiring Dropouts
Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott is seen in this official photo.   (Texas Education Agency)

Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott, reeling from criticism that the state is underreporting its dropout rates, called yesterday on the state’s leading business group to institute a voluntary ban on hiring dropouts, the Dallas Morning News reports. “It would send a powerful message to these kids,” Scott argued, and it would be “better for businesses … in the long run.”

The Texas Association of Business doesn’t appear receptive. President Bill Hammond called it “a one-size-fits-all solution that doesn’t fit anybody,” adding that it seemed “hard-hearted” to turn everyone away. Hammond also criticized Scott for fudging the dropout numbers, which business groups believe are closer to 30% than the 12% the state claims. (Read more Texas stories.)

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