And yet, in this piece (called Dropout Drain: Part 1
), we find this:
With an average of 26 percent of all students in Monroe County dropping out between the ninth and 12th grades, the dropout problem has hit home for many. [snip]
Amory High School’s senior class could have had 155 graduating seniors, but 41 students who began high school with the class of 2007 took different paths...[snip]...But of the students who remained at Amory High, nine dropped out for a variety of reasons and two ended up being homeschooled so [sic] left their classmates behind. [emphasis mine]
Nine students "dropped out for a variety of reasons" but two homeschoolers "left their classmates behind." Notice how the writer--of an article titled "DROPOUT DRAIN"--shifted the focus from dropouts to homeschoolers in this one sentence.
Sounds subtle and unremarkable to some, but the implication (that those two should have stayed) is significant, especially given the renewed legislative interest in homeschooling and its (unfounded) association with the dropout rate in Mississippi.