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16. Here are some measures that have been suggested to increase the number of children graduating from high school.

A) Make truancy enforcement stronger to cut down on the number of children skipping school without an excuse. Would this measure be…
Very effective 46%
Somewhat effective 37%
Not very effective 9%
Not at all effective 7%
No answer/don't know 1%

B) Increase parental involvement by offering training to parents on how to keep their children in school. Would this measure be…
Very effective 50%
Somewhat effective 37%
Not very effective 6%
Not at all effective 6%
No answer/don't know 1%

C) Lower academic standards so that more children can graduate. Would this measure be…
Very effective 7%
Somewhat effective 13%
Not very effective 18%
Not at all effective 60%
No answer/don't know 2%

D) Outlaw dropping out of school under the age of 18. Would this measure be…
Very effective 33%
Somewhat effective 31%
Not very effective 18%
Not at all effective 16%
No answer/don't know 3%

E) Penalize the parents of students who don't finish high school. Would this measure be…
Very effective 18%
Somewhat effective 27%
Not very effective 27%
Not at all effective 27%
No answer/don't know 2%

17. Did you yourself complete high school or did you drop out of school? If you dropped out of school, but got a G.E.D., please tell me.
Completed high school 87%
Dropped out, but got a G.E.D. 7%
Dropped out 5%
No answer/don't know 1%

FROM: What Bill and Melinda Gates Want You to Know
Published on April 11, 2006

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