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I work in a "regular" K-12 school and I find myself constantly thinking about the service we are providing and how we can prevent the dropping out. More often, I worry that we are doing exactly like you talk about - pushing the students out. They come with such a variety of issues that school is minor priority. When the teacher forget this and treat the kids like school is an ONLY priority - they leave just for the sake of survival.

Several years ago, the province of Alberta held a symposium on high school completion (http://education.alberta.ca/department/ipr/highschoolcompletion.aspx) At the end of the three days it was agreed that our strong oil-based economy was NOT pulling students from school. It was factors like you mentioned. Unfortunately, just this week our new education minister suggested to employers not to hire high school dropouts forcing them back to school. In one swipe he ignores everything learned and worked out in the past two years.

It will be great to be apart of a network where I can learn, and hopefully contribute, about helping these youth.

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