Education summit to focus on dropout prevention

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Improving graduation rates and giving students more options within South Carolina's public schools are the topics of a statewide summit.

Hundreds of educators, business and community leaders from around the state are expected to gather in Columbia on Friday for the daylong conference hosted by the state Education Department.

Organizers will highlight various public school choice options, such as Montessori, single-gender classes, evening high school and language immersion.

The keynote speaker is Robert Balfanz, co-director of the Everyone Graduates Center at John Hopkins University in Maryland. He will talk about improving performance by increasing community involvement.

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