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After the recession hit six years ago, Manzano High School Principal Therese Carroll began to notice a change in her school.
Many of the lower-middle-class and blue-collar families in the surrounding neighborhoods fell into poverty, and the number of low-income students attending Manzano more than doubled, Carroll said. While only 28 percent of Manzano’s students were low-income in 2008, this year 63 percent fall into that category.
It’s for that reason Carroll said she was disappointed, but not surprised, to learn Manzano was listed in a recent New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee report as among the 25 New Mexico high schools with the highest number of dropouts.