By middle school, more than half of the black students enrolled in the Oakland Unified School District show signs of dropping out of school, according to studies released Tuesday. The signs include chronic absenteeism and suspension.
Officials remain committed to a successful initiative to fight truancy and absenteeism in the city.
The numbers are even worse in Oakland, where 37 percent of students were found to have dropped out before graduating.
BART riders rate cleanliness as high as safety and reliablility, but a high staff-absenteeism rate is keeping trains from looking their best.
A get tough policy that MUNI managers instituted last month with drivers appears to be paying off.