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  • me2you Jan 16, 11:28 a.m.

    I wonder if the fact that you no longer have to learn to read and write before you graduate is a motivating factor for less people dropping out.

  • btneast Jan 11, 11:53 a.m.

    The focus should be entirely 100 percent on those students that want to be there and are trying to succeed. Those that don't want to be or are not trying are just wasting our money.

    Yes, we need to provide well for those that want it, but dropouts will eventually come back to haunt us later and be more costly than adressing it now. Todays' dropout is too often tomorrow's burglar that breaks into your home.....or worse.

  • krimson Jan 11, 11:27 a.m.

    "The dropout rate has been on a decline for the past 14 years."

    WestWake - "Can everyone name the Wake County Superintendent who put programs in place to ensure struggling minority, low-income, and disabled students got the help they needed to learn and graduate? Hint: his initials are T.T."

    Can you name the Super(s) that did it for the 13years prior???

  • JustAName Jan 11, 10:21 a.m.

    "That said, whatelseisnew from the party of racism and segregation but anger and vitriol and threats?" - Cary Progressive

    I didn't think he was a Democrat.

  • westernwake1 Jan 10, 7:50 p.m.

    Can everyone name the Wake County Superintendent who put programs in place to ensure struggling minority, low-income, and disabled students got the help they needed to learn and graduate?

    Hint: his initials are T.T.

  • UNCRules123 Jan 10, 7:33 p.m.

    This makes me think about my own daughter's HS graduation from the WCPSS just a few years ago. She sat next to a person she didn't know and the person bragged how she couldn't believe she graduated because she didn't pass English 9, Biology or World History. I guess the powers that be decided she had mastered enough material and she received high school credit. Crazy story but its true.

    I know this happens because a teacher confirmed it at open house years ago.. I kept pressing and the teacher finally admitted the principal/staff can decide a student has mastered enough of the material even if he/she clearly failed the actual class.
    I do know Wake County Schools will bend over backwards if a student shows inititative to graduate. They will get you help, tutors, resource teachers, retakes, etc. If a person drops out it is not due to a lack of effort on WCPSS. Its because the student wanted to drop out.

  • Karmageddon Jan 10, 3:10 p.m.

    Their test scores dropped too.....coincidence? I don't think so...

  • babbleon Jan 10, 2:59 p.m.

    Good news, but we're still coasting on the investments we made in 2001 to 2008. We'll see the impact of our budget cuts in another 3 years or so, as the 2009 class gets to middle school.

    Let's hope that Pope and his cronies don't undermine public education even more.

  • Cary Progressive Jan 10, 2:45 p.m.

    "The focus should be entirely 100 percent on those students that want to be there and are trying to succeed. Those that don't want to be or are not trying are just wasting our money." - whatelseisnew

    Such anger and vitriol from conservatives these days, what with them becoming an irrelevant regional political party of angry white males. Tsk tsk. That said, whatelseisnew from the party of racism and segregation but anger and vitriol and threats?

  • Terkel Jan 10, 2:31 p.m.

    And quit focusing on race. They're students and the only thing that should distinguish them is their performance in the classroom.

  • whatelseisnew Jan 10, 1:52 p.m.

    The focus should be entirely 100 percent on those students that want to be there and are trying to succeed. Those that don't want to be or are not trying are just wasting our money.

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