In a preview of a report it will release later this month, the Raleigh think tank argues that several programs could help reduce the high school dropout rate:
* Continue expanding efforts to count dropouts and determine their reasons for leaving school.
* Study the effects of raising the school age to 18.
* Consider adding more "real-world" skills and internships to school curricula.
* Require the state Department of Public Instruction to study dropout prevention programs.
* Require each school system to develop a dropout prevention plan.
The 65-page study will not be published until later this month, but the center provided legislators with an advance copy today.