Dropping Out

Harvard University Press
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Most kids in the developed world finish high school—but not in the United States. More than a million drop out every year, and the numbers are rising. Dropping Out provides answers to fundamental questions: Who drops out, and why? What happens to them when they do? How can we prevent at-risk kids from short-circuiting their futures?
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Rumberger Russell W. :

Russell W. Rumberger is Professor of Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Vice Provost for Education Partnerships at the University of California Office of the President.

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Publisher
Harvard University Press
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Published on
Nov 29, 2011
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Pages
400
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ISBN
9780674063167
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Language
English
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Genres
Education / Educational Policy & Reform / General
Education / Research
Education / Student Life & Student Affairs
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