Top Stories: Preventing Middle School Dropouts; A Changing West Dallas | KERA News

Top Stories: Preventing Middle School Dropouts; A Changing West Dallas

Apr 25, 2017

The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

Kids are dropping out of school as early as middle school. A new report found 8 percent of Texas dropouts in the 2014-15 school year were in the seventh or eighth grades.

The problem is prevalent in Fort Worth. Of the 826 kids who dropped out in the recent school year, 125 of them -- or about 15 percent – were in 7th or 8th grade.

Other stories this morning:

  • West Dallas has changed dramatically since the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge opened in 2012. There’s the trendy Trinity Groves restaurant scene and the boom in luxury apartments. Though the majority-Latino neighborhood is still there, development and tougher city housing standards mean 300 families are losing their low-cost rental homes on June 3.

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