At-risk students rethink leaving school

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An urge to drop out of school has always nagged Stephanie Hernandez. But on Friday the freshman from Bowie High School changed her mind.
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#1
Feb 14, 2009
 
It was an awesome conference...7 HS were present and 'bout 130 students showed up...it took a lot of work but it was worth it!!
dropout-factory teacher

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#2
Feb 14, 2009
 
These kids have very tough situations. Thank you YWCA for helping us encourage students and reminding them that its not too late!
James

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#3
Feb 14, 2009
 
Keep them in school, off the streets & out of trouble that can lead to a life of crime. Whatever needs to be done, do it.
There is only a small window of opportunity to get the message across, I volunteered at a homeless shelter over the Holidays, most making use of the facilities never graduated, have no prospects to earn a decent living & sadly many have children who are now caught up in this cycle.
There is always hope for the future, but it must start with a foundation of education.
Scott

Grand Prairie, TX

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#4
Feb 14, 2009
 
It can't be stressed enough how difficult the job market is today for those who do not have a high school diploma.

And once you're out, life (spouse, kids, bills, etc) has a bad habit of encroaching and making it damn near impossible to go back.
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#5
Feb 14, 2009
 
and they say the taks is a good thing....the drop rate has increased ever since the taks was implemented..but the state won't say that..I'm glad these aren't giving up...parents need to encourage their kids the importance of an education,
eeh

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#6
Feb 14, 2009
 
To even "THINK" of leaving school....what a pathetic situation...I doubt a little pep talk will change this girls mind forever...she is doomed to failure and ingorance and we taxpayers and doomed to provide her with assistance.
_Arrrrrrr

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#8
Feb 14, 2009
 
Teresa wrote:
Drop out! Like the majority of the people from El Paso, you can get a PH.d and still would not amount to anything.
They end up like you, as street hookers.
Grimace

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#9
Feb 14, 2009
 
McDonalds is calling you to join their ranks. 40 hours a week at micky Ds and $600 a month in Lone Star, you'll have it made. Just like your parents. By the way. Don't forget about WIC and Medicaid. $2500.00 a month, easy.
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#10
Feb 14, 2009
 
shut up wrote:
and they say the taks is a good thing....the drop rate has increased ever since the taks was implemented..but the state won't say that..I'm glad these aren't giving up...parents need to encourage their kids the importance of an education,
Can you please qualify that bit about the drop out rate increasing ever since the TAKS was implemented. Sounds like a lie. In actuallity, the drop out rate has remained at the same level or worse for the last 20 or thirty years. The only difference is that people are actually coming out high school being able to read and write (at least at a 7th grade level) more so than before the exam. Teachers have been made accountable but even then it has not made them better teachers. School is boring for most students and those who have exciting lives outside of school usually make the mistake and stay out.
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#11
Feb 14, 2009
 
Grimace wrote:
McDonalds is calling you to join their ranks. 40 hours a week at micky Ds and $600 a month in Lone Star, you'll have it made. Just like your parents. By the way. Don't forget about WIC and Medicaid.$2500.00 a month, easy.
Thank you for sharing your personal experience. Maybe you and Teresa will be lucky enough to end up working at the same McDonalds.
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#12
Feb 15, 2009
 
Liberticus wrote:
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Can you please qualify that bit about the drop out rate increasing ever since the TAKS was implemented. Sounds like a lie. In actuallity, the drop out rate has remained at the same level or worse for the last 20 or thirty years. The only difference is that people are actually coming out high school being able to read and write (at least at a 7th grade level) more so than before the exam. Teachers have been made accountable but even then it has not made them better teachers. School is boring for most students and those who have exciting lives outside of school usually make the mistake and stay out.
I did my research on this one, I even wrote to our Governor and Senators about this and they couldn't answer me....go to the Texas education web site,,,I did this research for a report I did
Grimace

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#13
Feb 15, 2009
 
ELP24 wrote:
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Thank you for sharing your personal experience. Maybe you and Teresa will be lucky enough to end up working at the same McDonalds.

Oh please, maybe your kids. But i see this everyday, getting some coffee on my way to work.
I take it your some punk kid or some immature educator.
JUTEP

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#14
Feb 15, 2009
 
Well, I have a degree in Liberal Arts, do you wants fries with that order.
Carlos Romero

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#15
Feb 16, 2009
 
I found the artilce On "At-Risk students rethinking leaving school" very interesting and let me to thinking about some very interesting questions. First of all, How did Gadsden ended being one of the schools included in the study when Gadsden is a school belonging to another state(New Mexico). Secondly,dose the study shows what is the percentage of the freshman for the Gadsden Independent School District(2004-2005) who did not graduate fours later. If so, dose the GISD recieves such information from the study.
JUTEP

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#16
Feb 16, 2009
 
Hey Carlos, did you proof read your statement?
Carlos Romero

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Mar 5, 2009
 
JUTEP wrote:
Hey Carlos, did you proof read your statement?
Thanks! for noticing would you like to be my "editor". I have a saying " A bad speller makes a good writer".

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