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Teachers Discuss High School Drop Out Rates in Florida

An initiative called American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen, which is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, brought together public school teachers from across the state, including Tampa, to Jacksonville this weekend.

The teachers discussed the 1.3 million kids that drop out of high school every year in  America.

Last year, more than 83 thousand high school students didn't graduate in Florida, according to the Alliance for Excellent Education.

 Tallahassee teacher Cynthia McBride found it interesting that schools seem to share the same problems.

 "A lot of the frustrations that are being shared at our school seems to be universal," McBride said, "There seems to be a bigger problem than any of us have been able to come to the understanding of dealing with and handling [it]."
 
 The teachers discussed different problems from standardized testing, to not having enough support from students' homes, to not having enough resources for students like working computers.
 
The American Graduate project helps bring awareness to local communities about the schools' graduation rates and tries to engage and empower students at risk of dropping out.