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Bringing Students Back To School

OPB | Sept. 16, 2013 12:35 p.m. | Updated: Sept. 20, 2013 4:37 p.m.

When a student drops out of the Portland school system they get assigned to a reconnection services outreach coordinator — a kind of modern-day truancy officer. These people are tasked with bringing young people back to school, whether to regular high school or an alternative program. And it’s not just teenagers. The outreach coordinators work with students until they hit age 21.

On Saturday the 14th, these coordinators, along with volunteers from Portland Public Schools and the community, hoped to knock on the doors of nearly 250 recent dropouts. According to Jeremy Kingsbury, an outreach coordinator, some students come right back. He says many of them just didn’t know there were options for them. But others, Kingsbury says, will take months or years to coax back.

Did you drop out school and then come back for a diploma or GED? What brought you back?

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