Two legislative panels are set to begin work on ideas to improve North Carolina's high school graduation rate.
This year's state budget provided funds for the Joint
Legislative Commission on Dropout Prevention and High School
Graduation, as well as the Committee on Dropout Prevention. The
first panel, made up of lawmakers, will examine how the dropout
rate is affected by reform in middle and high schools, and review
The second committee includes educators, business leaders and
others who will award grants to school districts, nonprofits and
other entities to help keep students in school.
State officials say only 68 percent of North Carolina
ninth-graders go on to earn a high-school diploma within four