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Pasco County Students Get Opportunity to Tackle Big-picture Issues

At first, Krysten Hart wasn’t sure what she was getting herself into.

The River Ridge High School senior had accepted her principal’s invitation to join students from across Pasco County for a meeting — officials were calling it a “student congress” — to talk about how they might improve their schools and the district.

One of the group’s first orders of business was to discuss ways to improve the district’s graduation rate and decrease dropouts, particularly in the transition from eighth to ninth grade, where the problem appears worst.