Who's dropping out of Ohio's high schools?

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Bedford High School’s assistant principal Robert Rutkowski will proudly rattle off his students’ accomplishments– the Bearcats’ football team broke records last year, and the school puts on a great musical. But he’s much more guarded when talking about kids dropping out. But he concedes it’s a persistent problem.

He recalled one student in particular– a girl who got mixed up with the wrong crowd, he said, developed a substance abuse problem, and eventually left school.

“She always struggled with grades, always,” he explained. “She always had run-ins with teachers, always was getting in trouble, always was getting suspended because of her run-ins with teachers.”

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