Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- Former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise says he won't seek elected office again.
Wise now heads the Washington, D.C.-based Alliance for Excellent Education.
He tells the Charleston Daily Mail he is focusing his efforts on a campaign to improve the nation's high school dropout rate.
Wise is working to pass federal legislation that would provide money to schools where graduation rates are less than 60 percent.
According to a John Hopkins University report released last month, West Virginia has three of the more than 1,900 schools deemed dropout factories.
Wise decided in 2003 not to seek a second term after it was revealed he had an affair with a state development office employee.
The democrat previously served as a congressman and state senator.
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