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Upside of a downturn: Dropouts drop back in

by Pat Coate | April 27, 2009
"This country needs and values the talents of every American.”
- Barack Obama, U.S. president

Grades in the gutter, cutting classes, expelled from Elkhart Central High School for fighting: Yamilette Colon was as close to becoming a dropout as a ninth-grader can get.

But in Elkhart and across the country, education leaders say they’re seeing what may be one bright spot in the dismal downturn: more students opting to stay in — or return to — school.

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