Newly released figures today show that the dropout rate, student suspension rate and school violence rate all improved this past school year for the Wake County school system.
In terms of suspensions, Wake had 14,223 short-term ones and 403 long-term ones for the 2011-12 school year. That compares to 17,339 short-term suspensions and 577 long-term suspensions in the 2010-11 school year.
Wake had seen a sharp decline in the number of suspensions the past few years, particularly long-term ones. Some credit the scaling back of zero-tolerance policies while others charge it's because Wake is sending students to inadequate online programs in lieu of giving long-term suspensions.
Wake also saw a 10.8 percent decrease in the number of high school dropouts.
In the 2011-12 school year, there were 1,236 dropouts and a dropout rate of 2.83. That compares to 1,386 dropouts and a dropout rate of 3.25 in the 2010-11 school year.