COLUMBIA — Most government records are open to the public at no charge. These records give citizens the opportunity to find out what's going on, how their elected officials are spending tax dollars, how the various departments within a governmental entity work and other valuable information needed to make strong decisions for the future. Each week, the Missourian highlights a government record that is available to the public.
For a complete list of Show Me the Records, go to ColumbiaMissourian.com/records.
The records: Columbia Public School dropout rates by school.
Why you'd want them: You can use this tool to see the percentage and total number of students who have dropped out of Columbia Public Schools, organized by year. You can also pick which schools you would like to see in your search results. These online records go back to 2002.
How to get them: Go to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's website at dese.mo.gov. Scroll over the "Data System Management" tab near the top of the page and click "Core Data." Then click "School District Profiles" on the menu on the left. You can select "Columbia 93" from the drop-down menu at the top of the new page. Select "Dropouts" in the "Performance Data" box.
How much it will cost: The information is free.