Comment: i was wondering how they were going to defend this,

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i was wondering how they were going to defend this,

and here it is...
climbing drop out rates!
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090904/ap_on_go_pr_wh/us_obama_...
"I think we've reached a little bit of the silly season when the president of the United States can't tell kids in school to study hard and stay in school," presidential spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters. "I think both political parties agree that the dropout rate is something that threatens our long-term economic success."

sorry for the poor formatting
straight from the Dep of Ed.
http://nces.ed.gov/FastFacts/display.asp?id=16
Status dropout rates of 16- through 24-year-olds, by race/ethnicity: Selected years, 1980-2007
Year

avg White Black Hispanic
1980 14.1 11.4 19.1 35.2
1985 12.6 10.4 15.2 27.6
1990 12.1 9.0 13.2 32.4
1995 12.0 8.6 12.1 30.0
2000 10.9 6.9 13.1 27.8
2001 10.7 7.3 10.9 27.0
2002 10.5 6.5 11.3 25.7
2003 9.9 6.3 10.9 23.5
2004 10.3 6.8 11.8 23.8
2005 9.4 6.0 10.4 22.4
2006 9.3 5.8 10.7 22.1
2007 8.7 5.3 8.4 21.4

Wow! the fell dramatically, who'd have thought that would be a dropout crisis.