About 18 percent of California high school students dropped out in 2010, according to new statewide data released today by the state's Department of Education.
In Oakland, however, that number is closer to 37 percent - one of the highest dropout rates in the state. The dropout rate in the state's largest school district, Los Angeles Unified, was 26 percent.
KQED's Ana Tintocalis spoke with Oakland Unified’s spokesman Troy Flint. He said there’s no excuse for the district's high dropout rate.
"We don’t deny that we have neglected a generation of high school students. All we that can do going forward is admit that and redouble our efforts," he said.
Flint said Oakland district officials acknowledge they've spent too much of their time and resources at improving student performance in the early grades.