La Joya ISD Try to get Students Back on Track

Saturday, April 16, 2011 - 8:34pm

It's almost the end of the school year for upper valley students and with almost a 1,000 teens potentially dropping out in La Joya, the clock is ticking for the district to get their several of their students back on track.

For the past three years, the district has implemented nationally research based programs.
It is called early interventions...

The programs try to make the transition easier so students don't feel as lost. One of the major reasons teens drop out across the nation.

There are several contributing factors to the drop out rate here in La Joya like truancy or poverty.
But one of the biggest problems they have is that the city is simply way too close to the border.

School officials say many teens get a scattered education.

"They come to our schools and then they go back to Mexico so they don't have the right instruction with the professor on a long term basis," says Dr. Armando O'Cana, Director of Drop Out Prevention and School Safety for La Joya ISD.

Not getting a consistent education affects not only the student, but the school district as well.
If La Joya can't keep their kids in school, it wont be able to receive more money for programs.
A problem school officials hope to prevent.

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