By Dr. Marciene Mattleman
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The national dropout rate reached a record low last year.READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Stormy Evening Brings In Seasonal Temperatures For Early Next Week
More US high school students are staying in school, primarily blacks and Hispanics. In 2013, Asians had the lowest dropout rate, 4%.
According to a report from The Pew Research Center, more Hispanic kids are staying in school, finishing high school and going on to college because of diminishing job opportunities for less-educated workers. Along with health care and immigration, education is one of the most important issues for Hispanics.READ MORE: Inaugural Penn Relays 5K Underway At Penn Park
Hispanics comprise 25% of the nation’s public school students, projected to go to 30% by 2022 and account for 18% of the college population.
Only 7% of the nation’s 18- 24-year-olds dropped out of high school last year, continuing a steady decline from the nation’s 12% dropout rate in 2000.MORE NEWS: Flyers Fans Return To Packed Wells Fargo Center For First Time In More Than 500 Days