City hopes to bring back 1,000 students by June
The Baltimore city school system is hoping to bring back roughly 1,000 students who they say have withdrawn from city schools so far this year. We'd heard last week that about 1,010 students had dropped out of high schools since September, but city school officials said that wasn't the most accurate description--yet.
"We have roughly 1000 withdrawals coded in our system as of now," city schools CEO Andres Alonso said in a statement. "These are not considered dropouts until the data cleansing process has ended and we can certify numbers at the end of June.
"Our high school population is fluid, and many students withdraw and then return. Last year as of this time we had more kids coded as withdrawn than today, and more than eventually were coded as dropouts. Our job is to reach out to each of these kids and make sure that they have in fact withdrawn from any school, and then offer them choices.
"To say 1010 kids dropped out of school would be inaccurate," Alonso said. "We have been using the number in conversations with principals and guidance counselors to dramatize the importance of reaching out to every one of these kids who are showing as withdrawals."
The school system said that the next "Great Kids Come Back" campaign will target these students. At 4 percent, the city's dropout rate is now half what it was three years ago.