BISD to Get Drop Out Students Back in the Classroom

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Friday, September 10, 2010 - 9:40am

Getting students who are MIA from BISD back in the classroom is the goal.

The second annual "Walk for the Future" campaign will take place Saturday, September 11, 2010. Teachers, administrators and parents are looking to get 150 students who have disappeared from one of the five high school campuses back in some type of learning environment to ensure they walk the stage at graduation.

Officials say they've found students leave for a variety of reasons, from having a child, to needing to work, or simply a lack of interest in learning.

The door to door campaign will try and get these types of kids back into empty desks.

"We don't take no for an answer. We'll tell them of all the programs we have in BISD. We have a teen pregnancy program they can enroll in in Lincoln Park, we have a BLA program, Brownsville Learning Academy, that has flexible hours, flexible schedules." Berta Pena, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction at BISD said.

The volunteers and staff will offer information, phone numbers and direction to assist these drop outs in making an easy return.

According to BISD officials, the district is recognized by the state, but to be considered an exemplary campus the district needs to have a completion rate at 95%, a rate they're hoping to surpass. They're hoping to get the rate to 100%.

"Most important, it's for the students, it’s for the community and what it's saying is we don't take excuses in Brownsville, we want students to succeed and to graduate and have a better life." Pena said.

For more information on volunteering for the "Walk for the future" event, or if you need help getting your student back in the classroom you can contact Berta Pena with BISD at 698-2091 or via email at bapena@bisd.us. .

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