PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch is visiting Portsmouth High School to highlight the school’s efforts in reducing the dropout rate.

The school cut its rate from 1.14 percent to .28 percent over the last year.

Lynch is visiting the school Friday at 10 a.m.

On Tuesday, the House passed a bill to lower the state’s high school dropout age to 16. Lynch, who supports a 2009 law that raised the dropout age to 18, says lowering the age could put the state’s future economic success in jeopardy.

Last week, he said New Hampshire’s high school dropout rate has fallen under 1 percent, and could reach zero by the 2012-2013 school year.

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