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Dropout rate increases in Dougherty County Schools

R.D. Harter R.D. Harter

The number of dropouts in Dougherty County schools saw a jump last year.

 R.D. Harter, the spokesperson for Dougherty County schools says the drop out rate increased this year to 6 percent. That's a 2 percent jump from the previous school year. Harter says most school districts try to keep the number at 3 percent, which they have been able to do a couple of times over the past 5 years.

"We had a little spike last year that we don't want to see again this year," Harte said. "It's just one of those things you have to chase every year to keep them in school and to keep them on task and make learning rewarding from them."

Harter says the department has seen a boost in test scores and graduation rates.

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