The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Letters

May 9, 2013

Appreciation for teachers and public education

(Continued)

Dropout rates are falling, and more students are graduating in four years. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the annual high school dropout rate fell from 6.1 percent in 1972 to 3.4 percent in 2009. Between 2005 and 2011, there was an 11 percent reduction in the rate of students not graduating from high school in four years.

Many of our Valley schools have been recognized over the past decade for academic excellence including national blue ribbon schools, silver and bronze medal winning high schools, top performances on state PSSA exams, and some of the highest SAT scores in the state. Public education is critical to the future of our children and serves as a bastion of equity and opportunity for every child that enters our doors. We are fortunate to have many dedicated educators that go to school each day and make a positive difference in the lives of children.

I ask the greater community to join me in thanking our teachers for performing some of the most important work in our nation, educating our children and securing the cornerstone of our democracy.

n Dr. Mark D. DiRocco is superintendent of the Lewisburg Area School District

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