The author presents a review of literature on conditions and circumstances that cause youth to drop out before finishing high school. The essay explains the key features of both cultural and structural theories of low academic performance, and the author argues these theories might profitably be fused in order to formulate effective dropout prevention/intervention policies. The author recommends use of the public health model for prevention and intervention and synthesizes the findings of three recent reports on effective dropout programs.
Verdugo, Richard C.
"Race, Ethnicity, Class, and School Dropouts: A Policy Perspective,"
Trotter Review: Vol. 14
, Article 8.
Available at: http://scholarworks.umb.edu/trotter_review/vol14/iss1/8