Letters and Opinion and Graduation Rates and Education & Workforce Development

Low graduation rates bode poorly for state

March 30, 2009
[In response to Morton Marcus' March 16 column,] the reality of Indiana has not changed. These statistics point out more than just a monetary situation. What about the education of the populace? Indiana also ranks near or at the bottom of those statistics. I for one see little change from the political side to improve this.

With high school graduation rates as low as they are in Indiana, I find it amazing that Indiana isn't at the very bottom of the statistical ladder that was outlined. That's the reason Indiana and West Virginia are running neck and neck.

The states at the top are also at the top of the cost-of-living indexes, with populations many times that of Indiana. This state must become a destination, not a stop on the way to somewhere else. Until that time comes, Indiana will remain moribund.

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Stephen Abt
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