BROWNSVILLE, Texas - High school graduations have come to an end and school districts are preparing for a new school year.
That’s when they calculate which students have returned, and which have dropped out.
In the fiscal year 2014-2015, Texas Education Agency reported more than 2,500 students dropped out of school in the South Texas Region.
Brownsville Independent School District Superintendent Esperanza Zendejas believes the proximity to the border may be a factor.
“Many of the students go back to Mexico and don't come back to the United States so as a result we lose the students,” Zendejas told News Center 23’s Marlane Rodriguez in an interview.
In the Brownsville Independent School District’s 2014-2015 school year, 188 students dropped out of school.
“If we compare ourselves with other districts throughout the country, our dropout rate is not a bad statistic,” she said.
Zendejas said poverty may be another factor in the student drop-out rate, adding students drop out to get a job, so they can help their families with money.
BISD leaders say they are working to decrease the number of student drop outs.
“We're starting a huge program at Cummings Middle School, it's going to be transitioned into a CTE program to allow students who are struggling in high school to work towards their high school diploma but also earn certifications in different job skills,” she said.
The student dropout rate for the South Texas region has decreased by 0.4 percent from the 2013-14 school year to the 2014-15 school year.