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Schenectady High School seeks dropout data

Officials seek to understand decisions to leave

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Why do so many Schenectady High School students drop out? A committee of school officials is trying to find out, by directly interviewing students, tracking data and talking with teachers about the students who stop coming to class. Principal Diane Wilkinson showed the school board a picture of a blank face Wednesday night to describe the way the school used to think about dropouts. Officials used to focus on numbers, not names. In the 2011 ...

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January 24, 2013
9 a.m.

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"School officials are trying to track down recent dropouts, ringing their doorbells and visiting them in jail."

Is this the author being snarky? You'd think there's be a number or percentage to back up the jail comment. These are high school kids.

January 24, 2013
9:37 a.m.

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At least up to two years ago, it was the mantra for workforce development staffs that a large part of work readiness 'credentials' was HS diplomas, or GEDs. It seems to me, school officials would do well by adding work force development staff to their outreach strategies just like they've done with probation.

One option is coupling class time with paid internships. Here, one environment reinforces participation in the other. Participants literally 'earn while they learn.' Obviously this is trite but programs like it have worked.