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Dropouts decrease in county, across state

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State sees first decrease since 2004-2005

By Kathryn Jacewicz, Staff writer

The number of dropouts is down in Brunswick County, as well as throughout the state.

According to data released earlier this month from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI), Brunswick County Schools noticed a 7.51 percent decrease in the number of dropouts, counting 197 during the 2007-2008 school year compared to 213 during 2006-2007. This takes the county’s dropout rate to 5.22, down from 5.66 the previous year.

Statewide, 4.97 percent of students dropped out during the 2007-2008 school year, which is equal to 22,434 students. This is a decrease of 1,116 fewer students than 2006-2007.

This is the first decrease in dropouts North Carolina has seen since the 2004-2005 school year.

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