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Choose Your Dropout Rate
A big problem, or just a little problem? Either way, it's problematic.
"...Travis Co. high schools have an attrition rate of 37%, according to a new report by the..."

Nov. 19, 2004 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

Study: Dropout Rates for Blacks Higher in Charters
A new UT study shows black high school students in Texas are three times more likely to drop out from a charter system
"...of Black Secondary School Attrition from KIPP, Other Privately Operated Charters, and Urban Districts," was presented April 15 at..."

April 27, 2012 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

The Dropout Problem
Not students, but teachers – AISD struggles to retain qualified educators
"...AISD's annual turnover rate is 16%, which just about mirrors the state average...."

Aug. 12, 2005 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

Where Are They? T.e.a. Doesn't Know
"...Total Dropouts are calculated not from enrollment figures, but from the..."

May 14, 1999 News Feature

School of Hard Knocks
Number Discrepancies
"...for public schools by raising the minimum TAAS passing rate and requiring schools to report the scores of students..."

May 14, 1999 News Feature by Kevin Fullerton

Naked City
Off the Desk:
"...press the Texas Education Agency for better reporting of dropouts to account for the startlingly high attrition of students..."

March 26, 1999 News Feature

AISD: The Real Story?
"...AISD's own dropout reports, published up until 1994, when the district discontinued..."

May 14, 1999 News Feature

Naked City
Off the Desk:
"...taking permanent vacations from school, public interest groups say. Dropout rates at public schools have been questioned by conservative..."

March 19, 1999 News Feature

Naked City
Off the Desk:
"...TAAS exams. The district also reports that the AISD dropout rate, as calculated by the Texas Education Agency, has..."

April 2, 1999 News Feature

Leave No Child Behind
In a an excerpt from their new book, Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose expose Bush's No Child Left Behind policy as an educational Enron.
"...district faced a $160 million deficit. His campus was rated as "low-performing." And there was a 92% chance that..."

Oct. 3, 2003 News Feature by Louis Dubose

Naked City
Amarillo ISD Superintendent warns Forgione: Greater accuracy in dropout reporting doesn't necessarily mean better ratings under the TEA's accountability system.
"...Forgione, who's now laboring to restore credibility to AISD's dropout reporting system: Don't expect big rewards for your diligence,..."

Dec. 24, 1999 News Feature by Kevin Fullerton

The Future's So Bright ...
Johnston High School has problems with grades, attendance, dropouts, a magnet program resented by the host school, and a high turnover rate among principals. Will new principal Sal Cavazos stay and can he make a difference?
"...the Eastside's collapsing Johnston High School -- named for Confederate General Albert Sidney Johnston and often referred to as..."

March 9, 2001 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
"...Gas Association and the Texas Chemical Council to closing corporate tax loopholes as part of school finance legislation. Headlines..."

July 22, 2005 News Feature by Lee Nichols

Naked City
AISD creates dropout prevention task force
"...of a 40-plus-member task force to review and assess strategies the district could use to encourage students to stay..."

Oct. 29, 1999 News Feature by Kevin Fullerton

The Challenge of Judge Dietz
School finance decision puts responsibility where it's always been - on all of us
"...are effectively required to tax at the maximum $1.50 rate in order to meet constitutional, state, and federal requirements..."

Sept. 24, 2004 News Column by Michael King

Postmarks
Defending the death penalty, the new Gov, the schools, and all that Jazz.
"...citizens. Instead of creating an overpriced housing market, perpetuating corporate welfare in the name of "Smart Growth," and annihilating..."

Jan. 19, 2001 Column

Naked City
Off the Desk:
"...charges. Former deputy superintendent Kay Psencik is being tried separately for her alleged complicity in the scheme -- in..."

June 25, 1999 News Feature

AISD Goes Global
Johnston High School welcomes immigrant students and makes waves in the neighborhood
"...these pressures by just giving up: Last year, the dropout rate was about 50%. AISD administrators hope the international..."

Nov. 26, 2004 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

Two Schools of Thought
The upcoming ACC and AISD elections share a ballot but address different challenges
"...Another urgent issue is growth. Last spring's tax-rate increase is designed to keep ACC afloat, not to..."

April 30, 2004 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

The Slow Dying of Johnston High
State accountability standards may close a school on the edge of survival
"...of the kids, and I would never set out deliberately to hurt anyone or create a problem for this..."

Nov. 30, 2007 News Feature by Kimberly Reeves

Hitting the Wall: Students Failing Ninth Grade
"...six ninth-graders statewide fail to become sophomores -- a rate of failure twice as high as at any other..."

May 14, 1999 News Feature

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Still Pissed
"...tend to quantify the problem. We have a crime rate, a dropout rate, an illiteracy rate, an unemployment rate,..."

July 9, 1999 Column

Communication Breakdown
Rocked by financial crisis, AISD goes to war with itself – and everyone suffers
"...RIF not because the district does not need to generate savings, but because she fears that Carstarphen's list means..."

April 15, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

ACC Board Elections: Meet the Candidates
The candidates on taxing districts, remedial boot camps, and student culture
"...says he wishes to address two major issues: graduation rates and remedial education...."

April 16, 2010 News Feature by Lee Nichols

Texas' Child Well-Being Report Card Mixed
Teens less likely to die since 2000, but infant mortality up
"...suicide. Also encouraging is a "consistent decline" in teen dropout and birth rates, down 10%. "We can debate abstinence-only..."

Nov. 25, 2005 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

Naked City
"...AISD Board of Trustees has discussed cutting its successful dropout-prevention program as a way to balance the budget for..."

June 28, 2002 News Feature by Lauri Apple

Postmarks
The dog-running controversy continues … and chalk another one up for Ventura.
"...24]. Such an enormous transfer of funds from Austin ratepayers to LCRA's Hill Country expansion plans and the obvious..."

Oct. 1, 1999 Column

Off the Desk:
"...head start on raising student achievement and quelling the dropout rate; the subtle subtext behind that spirited claim is..."

July 5, 1996 News Feature

Naked City
Headlines and Happenings from Austin and Beyond
"...to the community from AMD CEO Hector Ruiz, who enumerates the company's contributions to Austin before leading up to..."

March 24, 2006 News Feature

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Our readers talk back.
"...to continue to railroad their policies of self and corporate interests. They have made such a mess of things,..."

July 11, 2003 Column

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