Utah: The Only State with No 'Dropout Factory'

Utah: The Only State with No 'Dropout Factory'

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A new analysis shows Utah is the only state that does not have a "dropout factory" -- a high school where more than 40 percent of freshman don't make it to the senior year.

There are about 1,700 regular or vocational high schools nationwide that fit that description. That's according to an analysis of government data conducted for The Associated Press.

The highest concentration of dropout factories is in large cities or high-poverty rural areas in the South and Southwest. Most have high proportions of minority students.

State education officials say Utah's dropout rate is 17 percent.

Teachers and principals track students who leave school -- and try to persuade them to return.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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