The public school year is just underway but there’s already some talk of students dropping out. And, quesions are being asked as to the reasons for kids dropping out. John Alspaugh, Education Professor Emeritus at the University of Missouri-Columbia, says social reasons are at least partly to blame. He says students who remain together from early schooling tend to perform better than those who are moving into larger schools and meeting new friends. Alspaugh suggests it’s good to have students in the smaller elementary and middle schools moving into smaller high schools. He says this would keep the kids together and allow them to go to school with their friends.