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Third graders at Turner Elementary School in Southeast D.C. clap and dance their way into their first class every day chanting lyrics such as: "I'm able to do ... whatever I put my mind to."
They're quick to tell you about what they want to do when they grow up. There's a budding teacher, a doctor, an NFL player among them. One even has his/her sights on multiple professions:
"I want to be a soldier and computer expert and exterminator," says Paris Brown.
But chances are, many of these children will not graduate high school. New graduation numbers to be released this month are expected to show that just more than half of public school students in the District actually graduate high school in four years.
Students don't drop out of school for any one reason. It's usually a complicated mix, including individual traits, home life as well as school and neighborhood characteristics. But...
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