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Los Angeles Schools Hoping to Re-enroll Dropouts

Los Angeles Schools Hoping to Re-enroll Dropouts

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The Los Angeles Unified School District held its fifth annual Student Recovery Day on Friday, hoping to coax high school dropouts into returning to the classroom.

Young volunteers taking part in the project go door-to-door and make phone calls to locate high school students who have not returned to class.

“We’ve asked all the principals to make a special effort now and use all their local resources to bring back students who have quit their studies,” Debra Duardo, the LAUSD’s director of Pupil Services, said.

In the inauguration, held at Hollywood High School, Norya Benitez and Marlene Pedraza - two students who returned to school thanks to the program - accompanied LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and members of the school board.

Deasy said that since it started in 2009, the campaign has got close to 3,300 students back to high school so they could graduate.

“My Future, My Decision” is this year’s slogan for the project carried out in collaboration with a number of organizations.

According to figures of the California Department of Education, the rate of Hispanics dropping out of LAUSD high schools in the 2010-2011 school year was 7 percent, meaning that 10,600 students abandoned their studies.

The percentage of African-American students who dropped out in the same period was 9.9 percent, that of whites was 4.8 percent, and of Asians 2.9 percent.