Local Group Targets Drop Out Rate

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, September 23, 2005

A Sacramento group dedicated to raising high school graduation rates among local Latino and African American students is holding its first education forum Saturday.

Manuel Valencia of the Coalition for African American Latino Academic Achievement Now says the town hall meeting will focus on how to give students the tools they need to succeed.

"This is in response to the exhorbatant drop out rate that’s being experienced by our students of color. We’ve got cultural issues, language barriers, financial issues, I mean you name it. One thing that we’ve been adamant about is that we’re going to look for solutions from everybody."

According to figures from 2002, only 38% of African American students in the Sacramento City School District graduated high school and just 41% of Latino’s earned their diplomas.

Saturday’s forum will be at Hiram Johnson High School.