Dropout Rate Problems Persist

State education officials say more students are making it to graduation day. However, a few areas in the East are really struggling with high school dropout rates.

A new report from the state shows the rate of high school kids dropping out is dropping down. Officials say the statewide rate fell from nearly 5 percent in the 2007-2008 school year to about four-and-a-quarter percent in 2008-2009.

Pitt County Schools launched a major campaign in August 2009 to curb its high dropout rate. They created a task force with several partners throughout the community. So far, officials say they have raised $23,000 for their efforts to keep kids in school. Their efforts have not been reflected in the statistics, yet. Officials say the dropout rate in Pitt County stayed the same for this last school year as the year before.

"The dropout rate in PCS is not acceptable," Superintendent Beverly Reep said in a press release. “We have an aggressive plan in place and will continue to make this a top priority for our school district. We also need the community’s continued support to ensure that all of our students realize the value of a high school diploma."

Pitt County's dropout rate of 6.4 percent means it continues to have one of the highest dropout rates in the state. Other systems with high dropout rates include Roanoke Rapids City Schools at 6.9 percent and Beaufort County Schools, at 6 percent.

Tyrrell and Dare County Schools have two of the lowest dropout rates, at 1.1 percent and two percent, respectively.

To see more of the state report, which includes details on violence, suspensions and expulsions, click here.

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  • by tissue freak on Mar 7, 2010 at 03:30 PM
    boo-hoo-hooo!!! Do Anonymous and GBHB need a hankie??? wahhhhhhhhhh!!! I have been a sub teacher. I don't want their jobs. Adults are clueless to what teachers have to do and put up with. No wonder there is a teacher shortage!!! BTW, any teachers out there need any tissue???
  • by to GBHB on Mar 6, 2010 at 02:19 PM
    I agree Betty 100% also. Yet proud teacher tried to put me down when I told her my job is more stressful than hers. I deal with grown ups that is hard to get along with but I do it for my job. So miss or sir get over yourself.
  • by GBHB on Mar 6, 2010 at 09:52 AM
    I agree with Betty almost 99% and Anonymous at 9:09, try getting over yourself.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 5, 2010 at 06:09 PM
    Get over yourself proud teacher. You could not do my job it is much more stressful than yours. And I never said I could not be a teacher, because I can. Better than you. How about we change jobs for a day. You would not last a day at my job, but I could do your job for a year.
  • by Proud Teacher on Mar 5, 2010 at 06:02 PM
    What I don't understand why teachers can't work with children when I work with PARENTS that are worse. Not a day go by when I am not getting cursed at or talk bad to, but I deal with it because it is my job. --- Get over it "Anonymous at 5:40 pm." You have no idea the kind of idiot parents that I have to deal with. As a high school teacher for over two decades, one would think I have seen it all. It never ceases to amaze me the ignorance parents have. They believe their children are angels and EVERY thing that goes awry is the school system's fault, yet they turn right around and claim that they wouldn't have our jobs because they know it is stressful. If anyone thinks they can solve "the problem," go back to school and become a teacher. I dare you.
  • by to to Anon on Mar 5, 2010 at 05:17 PM
    What are you talking about? I said I deal with grown ups who curse at me and I deal with it because that is my job. Are you saying students should be allowed to curse at teachers. Explain yourself.
  • by Betty on Mar 5, 2010 at 04:53 PM
    I have read most of the comments on this site. No one on here has said anything about the stress that these students are feeling. If your not an honors kids or have the right last name you can forget getting any help. My child works as hard as he can and just can't seem to get the grades. No one wants to help, and no one cares. The other kids are very cruel. The teachers just seem to look past all of it. It's not uniform, or drugs, or bad parents. It's the requirements the BOE on all levels puts on these kids. I dare say most of you adults couldn't do the work that they are expected to complete before they can graduate. Why not get your GED and on to something that will help you in the real world. It doesn't mean that all of the dropouts are bad people.
  • by Still waiting on a phone call on Mar 5, 2010 at 04:48 PM
    I don't know about the other counties, but if Pitt County continues to allow the school administrators to overstep the bounds of the jobs they hold then things will never change. Keeping kids in school has a lot to do with the support they get from home also. It isn't the schools job to parent a child it is the parent's job. If mom/ dad don't treat education like it is important than the children won't. If there is a safety issue- the PCS needs to step up and make kids/ schools safe. PCS doesn't want to hear a parent complain, and in continuing with this train of thought PCS will continue to a school system with high drop out rates and the numerous other issues they struggle with. After all, I have been waiting on a call from the Superintendent since September and she hasn't called yet.
  • by To Anon. Location: ENC on Mar 5, 2010 at 04:44 PM
    Are you for real. No wonder education is in the shape it is. Students should be allowed to curse at teachers. That is about as ignorant as it gets. If this is the attitude of the parents of young people to day I think I know where the problem is.
  • by Stan Location: G'ville on Mar 5, 2010 at 02:40 PM
    I think if the Private Schools had the same student population as the Public Schools have you would see that they would be having the same problems.It comes down to the student desiring to work hard for an education and the parents supporting the child through the education process from start to finish.Public education is free, no excuses, go get it!

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