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Clubbing the graduation rate

Newspapers recently cheered the announcement by the United States Department of Education that, for the first time in U.S. history, high school graduation rates had exceeded the 80 percent threshold.
This is fantastic news! Just think, one out of five students doesn’t graduate! Now that is truly a reason to celebrate!
Hmmmm, when you say it that way, it doesn’t prompt the masses to start dancing in the streets, does it?
And when you consider the additional fact that a significant percentage of those who do graduate are not “college ready,” there’s even less reason to start shooting off fireworks. Less than half of students entering college are sufficiently prepared for college level coursework.
And so I found it very encouraging when I read another report about how high school clubs aid in educational progress. It’s not hard to understand why joining a club would help improve a student’s class work. Much of the difficulty students encounter in high school has little to do with what’s written in textbooks and much more to do with the learning environment in which they are immersed for four years.
Joining a single club can significantly improve a student’s chance of graduating. What more reason do we need that that to strongly encourage our students to join a club?

Poll

Now that it's finished, what do you think of the county's $2.2 million improvement project for Ashley Pond?

What is THE one thing Los Alamos needs in order to become more attractive to potential residents and tourists?

This town needs more restaurants and night life.
14% (95 votes)
Los Alamos must have more up-to-date, attractive housing options.
3% (17 votes)
There should be a real mix of retail shopping opportunities.
8% (50 votes)
There cannot be just one, it needs to be a blend of all of the above.
61% (402 votes)
None of the above... Leave this town alone.
14% (92 votes)
Total votes: 656

How will you vote on the proposed 2-mil tax levy for UNM-LA?

Yes, I will support the proposed tax increase.
52% (90 votes)
No, I will not vote in favor of a tax increase.
48% (84 votes)
Total votes: 174

Should county officials prohibit the Los Alamos Monitor from placing a newspaper rack at the new municipal building?

Yes, it's their building and they should be able to control everything.
19% (136 votes)
No, the building belongs to taxpayers and there should be a news rack there.
70% (505 votes)
I'm not sure.
4% (30 votes)
I don't know, does the First Amendment really matter any more?
7% (50 votes)
Total votes: 721

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