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9 city schools to receive $386,000 gift to stem dropouts
9 city schools to receive $386,000 gift to stem dropouts

Nine Baltimore schools on Thursday will celebrate a gift of more than $386,000 for a program aimed at lowering student dropout rates in the city. The gift, from AT&T, is funding "peer group connection programs" created by the Center for Supportive Schools, a dropout prevention institute at Princeton University. It comes as more city students are electing to stay in school: Dropout rates decreased from 23 percent in 2010 to 12 percent in 2013. The programs are in the form of a for-credit class for juniors and seniors, who each spend time each week with a pair of freshmen, counseling them and giving them "a sense of connectedness and belonging," said Margo Ross, the...

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