Merced County District Attorney Larry Morse II came by the Sun-Star's "Off the 99" studio earlier this month to talk to reporters Ameera Butt and Mike North about the high school dropout rate in the city and county. Merced's dropout rate is 18 percent. To that end, Morse backs Senate Bill 547, introduced by Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg. In an op-ed Morse wrote in the Sun-Star he said bill replaces the standardized, test-driven Academic Performance Index with a new, more comprehensive school and district performance measurement called the Education Quality Index. The EQI would hold schools accountable for graduation and grade promotion, college and career preparedness, in addition to student testing data.
However, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the reform bill.
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