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[Susan notes: The writer makes an important point: we need to figure out at a way to keep kids in school, and the New Beford plan is a step in the right direction.]

Published in Boston Globe

To the editor

AS A retired teacher and naval officer, I fully support the action taken by

New Bedford Mayor Scott Lang and the New Bedford School Committee in

offering a general diploma to students who do not pass the MCAS (''State

warns New Bedford not to relax MCAS rule," Page A1, May 10).

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A goal of school is to graduate the maximum number of students without

compromising standards. However, in order to improve graduation rates, you

must find ways to keep the kids in the game. If teenagers feel that they

cannot pass the MCAS, they will quit and drop out. If you offer a general

diploma and a chance to graduate, you keep them in school -- and maybe a few

more will pass the MCAS along the way. If they drop out, there is no chance

for them.

The governor and state education leaders are shortsighted in their reaction.

What the state needs to do is look at the reasons these kids drop out and

attempt to give them the opportunity to learn.

Jim McCormick

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