California and other states are spending billions of tax dollars on community college students who drop out before completing their studies, according to a report released Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reports. The report by the nonprofit American Institutes for Research found that from 2004 to 2009, federal, state and local governments spent nearly $4 billion on full-time community college students who dropped out after their first year. In California, expenditures on such students over the five-year period totaled $480 million, far more than any other state…

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