Concern Over Future Of Dropout Prevention Programs

Members of the faith-based and business communities came together in Pitt County Wednesday morning to raise awareness and support for two dropout prevention programs.

Pitt County School officials say Twilight Academy and Project Equal are helping to keep kids in school. Those two programs are funded through grants that will run out, and that's why they're asking the public for help by sponsoring a child in these programs.

Pitt County Schools Superintendent Dr. Beverly Reep says while there was a 25% reduction in dropout rates from 2009 to 2010, she says their goal is to reduce the number of dropouts by 50 percent in the next 5 years.

The dropout rate in North Carolina fell significantly last year, some of the lowest numbers ever recorded for 9th to 12th grades.

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  • by voter Location: nc on Aug 3, 2011 at 09:13 PM
    is that a 9th grade class of potential dropouts pictured above? i say let them go.
  • by WOW Location: Pitt County on Aug 3, 2011 at 08:33 PM
    All Pitt County Schools are doing is letting everyone graduate regardless of grades/truacy/discipline problems. It makes Dr. Repp look good, and will get a higher paying job somewhere else, but demeans the value of a diploma. ASK ANY HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER-they will tell you they have to pass kids along to make the numbers look good. These bums get the same diploma as kids who work hard even though theyt can't read or write. It is time for a CHILD LEFT BEHIND PROGRAM. If a kid doesn't want to do the work, I don't want my tax money going to support this future criminal or welfare mama. Let them get a GED and pay for it. Talk about solving the overcrowding and discipline problems and making a diploma mean something-- it is time to do something that moves education forward in this County/State/Country.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 3, 2011 at 07:42 PM
    Stopping the drop out rate is very simple. Instead of initiating all these programs that will not be of much help, let's put that money towards a vocational/technical school. Students still have to take math ad english classes, but the remainder o their day is spent taking classes relatedto their voation. Students will learn more if they are learning what interests them. Not all students want, or have the abikity to go to college. Every student can learn a vocation. Geez! Let's stop wasting money and do something that will actually help provde viable citizens.
  • by What? on Aug 3, 2011 at 05:50 PM
    Education??? We don't need no education. We are simply in training for the minimum wage jobs the Repubs are getting for us. Don;t need no degree for that. ya'll funny.

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