RED WING, Minn. (AP) -- Red Wing school officials say the district's dropout rate is a chronic problem they are taking a hard look at.
About 12 percent of Red Wing students drop out before graduation -- more than twice as many as in nearby Rochester.
The dropout rate is even higher among Red Wing's poorer students -- 21 percent.
Superintendent Stan Slessor says the dropout problem is one he wants to address and administrators are working on a study of its causes.
While school officials aren't willing to speculate yet about the reasons students drop out, Slessor says it's clear that poverty is part of the problem.
Red Wing's dropout rate ranks 31st on a Department of Education list of Minnesota's 370 public school systems.
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