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Published in Los Angeles Times

To the editor

The reason for the 50% to 70% four-year dropout rate for urban high schools is inappropriate courses. High schools used to offer basic math and pre-algebra for the two-year math graduation requirement. Now both courses are gone, and many students can't pass algebra 1 and geometry. Giving students only college-prep classes in the various curricula creates bored, failing students who drop out. High school students again need a choice of taking college prep or vocational, business, homemaking, ROTC, work-study and general ed courses.

Bob Munson

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