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The Nation

Labor Secretary Elizabeth Hanford Dole urged breaking down bureaucratic barriers between programs aimed at preventing school dropouts, saying a “fragmented, piecemeal, programmatic approach” does not work. She began a 10-city fact-finding tour of Labor Department regional offices during which she is meeting with officials and students in youth job training and employment programs. The tour ends April 4 in Boston. “We need a way to tie together the programs both federally and most definitely at the community level,” she told civic leaders, teachers and students in Atlanta’s Exodus program, founded in Atlanta in 1971 to combat Georgia’s 34% dropout rate.


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