Melissa Samenez: A Case Study

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Melissa Perez, a hispanic high school student, was a student that did not attend school regularly. She would only go to school for third period and fourth because that is when they marked students for attendance for the whole day. That is until she had her baby that she decided she needed to graduate from high school. Melissa was also the first person in her family to graduate from high school (Ted). Students like Melissa across the nation have been graduating more than ever. According to the National Center for Education Statistics the high school graduation rate in 1990 was 73.7 percent and steadily increased to 74.7 in 2009. Overall the trend had increased over the past 26 years there were also decreases that occurred over the years. These

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