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Leppert, Hinojosa Team Up on Dropouts

Pair plan door-to-door campaign

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    Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert and Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa must have some pretty strong powers of persuasion.

    Last year during Operation Comeback — a program designed to entice high school dropouts to re-enroll in school and earn their diplomas — they convinced 82 dropouts to become students again.

    The question, then, is 82 out of how many visits? Still, though, pretty good for a day’s work.

    That work involves the two city leaders and their posses going door-to-door with their spiels. One has to imagine these doors have been certified as “welcoming” before Leppert or Hinojosa comes a’calling otherwise it could get a little unpleasant.

    Fort Worth school officials plan a similar round of visits, dubbed Prevail to Graduation Project. Not as catchy a name as Dallas’ effort, but a worthy endeavor nonetheless.

    I wonder if they knock but once … or do they ring twice?

    Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He hopes they’d call first so he can tidy up.