Re "Fewer drop out of high school in Sacramento area" (April 28): In order to have a lower dropout rate, schools should incorporate programs that will interest students and motivate them to go further because they feel like it, not because they are being forced to do it.
Forcing students will not only discourage them, but it may also cost them their future since high school is the last step for them to become adults and take responsibility for their own actions to mature and survive once they graduate. Of course, those programs cost a lot of money, but I believe it is worth it since those students are our future.
I also believe students deserve better chances and better opportunities to succeed. It's hard to believe the government invests more money on prisoners than on education.
-- Lani Lopez B., Stockton