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Thousands of middle school dropouts go unnoticed in California




Devon Sanford dropped out of school the summer before ninth grade to take care of his sick mother, making him one of the thousands of California middle school dropouts who go largely unnoticed.
Devon Sanford dropped out of school the summer before ninth grade to take care of his sick mother, making him one of the thousands of California middle school dropouts who go largely unnoticed.
Sarah Butrymowicz / Hechinger Report

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Thousands of middle schoolers never make it to high school in California. Middle school dropouts in L.A. Unified alone add up to more than 1,000. Sarah Butrymowicz, an education writer with The Hechinger Report, says these dropouts mostly go unnoticed and few schools are focusing on the problem.