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DAVENPORT -- The annual number of Iowa dropout rates are released and Davenport high schools have another year to be proud of.

Dr. Arthur Tate, Superintendent, says "we're extremely happy with the fact that in a couple years we've changed the number of dropouts where 166 less people have dropped out of our schools."

Davenport Community School District and its Drop Out Task Force have seen 50 percent less high school drop outs over the past three years.

Tate says, "On some occasions, what I do is actually meet with the parents and the students to find out what we could do now and what we could have done in the past to do a better job. We learn a lot from talking to students such as that."

With each student's individual story, it takes team effort from the school district, teachers, and parents to stress the importance of graduation.

Pam Kirsch, Learning Support Specialist, says "it's so important to get a high school diploma. Opportunities just aren't as extensive without a high school diploma. And it is achievable, and there is help out there."

Tate adds, "The difference in what you'll earn from having less than a high school education and having a high school education is hundreds of thousands of dollars."

Today, the district celebrates the drop-out rate at 4.85 percent, but there is still a long road ahead.

Kirsch says, "It's a good feeling, but I'm not going to be happy until it's zero. I want every kid to get their high school diploma."

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