by Billy Ball
Good news out of North Carolina's public schools.
Last school year, 2.28 percent of high school students dropped out of school. That marks a decrease from the previous year's record low, which was 2.45 percent.
“This is a day for celebration as North Carolina has seen another record low dropout rate and two school districts report no dropouts,” State Superintendent June Atkinson said in a statement. “This could not have been done without the hard work and perseverance of students, educators and parents. Students realize a high school diploma is the first step toward reaching their life goals. I look forward to the day when reporting zero dropouts is the rule and not the exception.”
Among Triangle schools, Wake County reported a dropout rate of 1.47. Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools' rate came in at 0.34, and Durham Public Schools and Orange County Schools reported rates of 1.96 and 1.55, respectively.