Attendance. And Not.

The 2018 Superintendent’s Annual Report has the dropout numbers.  Combining those data with the September 30 head count, we see that Richmond is the runaway leader in dropouts.


Those 517 dropouts in Richmond look less appalling when expressed as a percentage because most of the dropouts come in the later grades.  (Richmond’s 4-year cohort dropout rate in 2018 was 20.2%.)

It is perhaps more revealing to compare these percentages.


Or, in terms of a graph,


That Richmond rate is 3.99 times the state average.

Our Leaders, however, are shouting “Nolo Problemo!”  Last year our Generous Assembly gutted the mandatory attendance laws; Richmond is celebrating by firing its attendance officers.

Your tax dollars at “work.”