Why We Are Needed
According to the Region 6 and 7 Education Service Center websites for the school year 2010-2011 there were approximately 800 students who dropped out of school in the East Texas area.
According to the Region 7 and 8 Education Service Center websites for the school year 2010-2011 there were approximately 700 students who dropped out of school in the Deep East Texas area.
According to the American Census Bureau 2007-2011 American Community Survey 25.5% of high school dropouts are living in poverty and earning approximately $19,627 dollars a year. According to Education Weekly Research Center: Dropouts updated June 16, 2011: among 16-24 year olds who were incarcerated during 2006-2007 6.3% were high school dropouts who didn’t have a GED.
Communities In Schools is the nation’s leading dropout prevention program for at-risk students and one of the few that both increases graduation rates and decreases dropout rates. Recent studies commissioned by the Texas Education Agency indicate that Communities In Schools is an effective dropout prevention program.