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Missouri Education Department Worried About High Drop-out Rate in St. Louis

September 30, 1999
By: Kyle Elfrink
State Capital Bureau

According to Missouri's Department of Education, St. Louis's

high drop-out rate should concern all in the city. Kyle Elfrink has

the report from Jefferson City.

Right now, more than 60% of St. Louis students fail to

graduate from city schools. Bob Bartman, commissioner for the state

education department, says that high drop-out rates affect everyone

in the city...

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RunTime: 13
OutCue: "PROBABLY HIGHER."
Contents: BARTMAN SAYS THAT HIGH DROP-OUT RATES RAISE UNEMPLOYMENT, WELFARE ROLLS, AND JUVENILE CRIME RATES.

Bartman also says there is no single reason for the high

rates. But, to stop the ever increasing number of drop-outs, it takes

the efforts of both local communities and school boards.

From the state capital, I'm Kyle Elfrink.


A new study says that more than 60 percent of St. Louis

students fail to graduate from city schools. Kyle Elfrink has the

story.

Missouri's Department of Education is alarmed by the high

number of drop-outs. Department head, Bob Bartman, says the city

must show commitment by creating new programs and more exciting school

work ...

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RunTime: 17
OutCue: "THEY GRADUATE."
Contents: BARTMAN SAYS THAT PARENTS AND THE SCHOOL MUST WORK TOGETHER SO THAT AT-RISK STUDENTS DON'T EVEN CONSIDER DROPPING OUT AS A POSSIBILITY.

According to Bartman, St. Louis suffers from a problem facing

other large cities -- many minimum wage jobs are available to entice

at-risk students.

From the state capital, I'm Kyle Elfrink


A new study says that less than 40% of students in the St.

Louis city school district are graduating. Kyle Elfrink has the story

from Jefferson City.

The study comes just months after the city's school board filed a

lawsuit to keep charter school's out of the district. Bob Bartman of

the Missouri Department of Education, says that often charter schools

are not the solution to high drop-out rates ...

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RunTime: 10
OutCue: "YOUNG PEOPLE."
Contents: BARTMAN SAYS THAT OFFICIALS MUST FIND THE RIGHT PROGRAMS TO FIT THEIR NEEDS.

Bartman also says that St. Louis and Kansas City are experiencing the

same problems ...

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RunTime: 03
OutCue: "VERY COMPARABLE."
Contents: BARTMAN SAYS THE NUMBERS ARE VERY SIMILAR AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, VERY HIGH.

From the capital, I'm Kyle Elfrink