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Examiner Local Editorial: D.C. 'dropout factories' on the rise

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The good news in "Building a Grad Nation," a just-released study on graduation rates by the Alliance for Excellent Education, is that over the past decade the number of "dropout factories" decreased 29 percent nationwide, the first such "significant, sustained improvement" in 40 years. The U.S. is now on pace to reach a 90 percent high school graduation rate by 2020, a feat now achieved only in...

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