Headline gives wrong idea of school success
The New Mexican trumpeted in a front-page banner headline (“Capital High suspends 20 seniors for online cheating,” March 25) that 20 Capital High seniors in one class had been suspended for cheating. Twenty kids made serious mistakes and are suffering the consequences. The next day, the paper reported the significant reduction in the Santa Fe Public Schools dropout rate for students in grades 7-12 from 2011-12 to 2012-13 — the percentage was cut from 6 to 2.8 percent — much lower than the statewide percentages. The paper had that important information prior to the earlier, front-page sensation.
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