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Wake County reports decline in dropout rate

The dropout rate in Wake County declined 3.47 percent for the 2008-09 school year, the lowest rate since 2003, the school system reported Thursday.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The dropout rate in Wake County dropped 3.47 percent for the 2008-09 school year, the lowest rate since 2003, the school system reported Thursday.

The district reported 1,430 dropouts, compared with 1,689 in 2007-08.

Among racial and ethnic groups, Hispanic dropouts fell by 1.4 percentage points and blacks by 1.1 percentage points. The dropout rate among blacks is the lowest since 2003-04.

The county's dropout rate is lower than the state's 4.27 percent average and lower than most other urban school systems, including Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Forsyth, Durham and Cumberland county schools.

Durham County reported that dropout rates stayed about the same as last year. There were 44 4students who quit in 2008-09 – five less than in 2007-08.

The reports come the same day the state Department of Public Instruction announced that high school dropouts decreased overall in North Carolina public schools from 4.97 percent in 2007-08 to 4.27 percent in 2008-09.

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