Charlottesville School Officials, NAACP Discuss Dropout Rates

Nov. 12, 2013

Charlottesville school officials sat down with the NAACP to talk about graduation rates.

African-Americans are dropping out of high school in much larger numbers than their peers.

According to Superintendent Rosa Atkins, the number of students enrolled in Charlottesville schools is on the rise, but the number of African-American students is decreasing.

Atkins says it may have something to do with the lack of affordable housing in the city.

Thirteen percent of teachers are African-American. That's near the national average, but Atkins says they would like to see the number reflect the student population, which is 35 percent African-American.

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