100 Black Men may lose Mobile alternative school

School Desk

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - The 100 Black Men of Mobile could lose the alternative school they have run in the city for 13 years.

The Mobile County school board is considering scrapping the Phoenix Program and running its own school.

Officials say the program has been helpful but that a new model is needed to get the dropout rate down.

Supporters say the program has had success, especially with minority males and should continue.

Mobile County's dropout rate may be as high as 45 percent.

The Phoenix Program works with about 200 students a year who have been suspended from their regular schools, many of whom are at risk for dropping out.

Students are taught by retired teachers and sent back to their regular schools, usually after a semester.

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