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Ohio's Dropout Rate Grows Faster Than Nearly Every Other State

Ohio's dropout rate increased between 2002 and 2009 at a higher rate than all other states except Illinois. That’s according to a new report from the Cincinnati Enquirer. The paper reports Ohio’s dropout rate jumped from 3.1 percent to 4.2 percent in 2008-2009 alone. States aren’t required to have comprehensive policies to cut their dropout rates, and Ohio is among the majority of states that don't have such policies. Governor John Kasich wants to combat the drop out rate by holding students back if they can't pass reading tests by the end of third grade.