State public school dropout rate on the rise

Mar 4, 2016

The state’s public schools experienced the first increase in the dropout rate in nearly 10 years. George Olsen has more.

A report presented this week to the state Board of Education revealed the public school dropout rate in 2014-2015 was 2.39 percent, up from 2.28 percent the previous year. That was the first increase in the dropout rate since 2006-2007 when the rate was 5.24 percent.  In the last school year 11,190 students dropped out compared to 10,404 the prior year. The increase in drop outs occurred in all grade levels and ethnic groups except for among Asians.  Nearly two-thirds of drop-outs were male. I’m George Olsen.