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.

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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.

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Or, in terms of a graph,

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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.”