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Symposium at DeSales University looks to find solutions to keeping minority students in school

Published On: Dec 12 2012 11:48:40 PM EST

The Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs has teamed up with DeSales University to help address the nation's current drop-out rates for Latinos and other minority students.

A symposium was held Wednesday evening at DeSales to help find solutions for maximizing student's chances for success.

Commission officials say they're trying to institute different plans to lower the drop-out numbers nationwide.

"In order to look at this issue from the perspective from programs that work we are looking at specific programs in districts around here that have been successful at supporting students graduating from high school from high school," said Ana Sainz de la Pena with the state Board of Education.

Representatives say that 50 percent of Pennsylvania Latino students drop out of high school.