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Trying to reverse the dropout trend of Latino, minority students

Published On: Dec 13 2012 10:20:51 AM CST

Working to lower dropout rates

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -

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 students' 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 Pa. Board of Education.

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