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Public School Drop-out rate hits record low

Public school students dropped out last year at a record low rate. George Olsen has more.

A press release from the state Department of Public Instruction says the drop-out rate in public schools last school year was 2.28 percent, a nearly 7 percent decrease from the prior year’s then-record-low rate of 2.45 percent. DPI says there were decreases in 65 of the state’s 115 school districts. That included two school districts – Hyde and Tyrrell – that reported zero dropouts. The only ethnic group where the rate went up was American Indian, with all other groups posting declines or remaining the same.  Men accounted for nearly two-thirds of the 2013-2014 school year drop-outs. I’m George Olsen.

George Olsen is a 1977 Havelock High School graduate. He received his B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of South Carolina in 1982 where he got his first taste of non-commercial radio working for their student station WUSC. After graduation he worked about five years in commercial radio before coming to work at Public Radio East where he has remained since outside of a nearly 3-year stint as jazz and operations coordinator at WUAL in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in the early 1990s. On his return to eastern North Carolina he hosted classical music for Public Radio East before moving into the Morning Edition host position and now can be heard on All Things Considered. He also hosts and produces The Sound, five hours of Americana, Roots Rock and Contemporary Folk weekday evenings on PRE Public Radio East News & Ideas, and is a news and feature producer for Public Radio East.