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Play Button  Extra - Solving the dropout problem - Superintendent John White discusses how Louisiana’s Department of Education is trying to solve the dropout problem at every level.
Play Button  Extra - Early Childhood - Louisiana Department of Education Superintendent John White touches on why early childhood education reform is taking place.
Play Button  Extra - Coming in 2015 - West Baton Rouge Parish Early Learning Director Crystal Leon describes how the Cohort One pilot program changes things.
Play Button  Extra - R.A.P.P.S. is… - Matt Byrnes explains what the Rapides Alternative Positive Program for Students (R.A.P.P.S.) is.
Play Button  Extra - Earn Your Day - R.A.P.P.S. Principal Matt Byrnes describes how students earn their time out of the program.
Play Button  Extra - Project Excel Format - Burnell Boudreaux with 100 Black Men explains the Project Excel mentoring program.
Play Button  Extra - Participation - Burnell Boudreaux, with 100 Black Men’s Project Excel Program, describes the partnership that makes it work.
Play Button  Extra - Our Motto - 100 Black Men’s Burnell Boudreaux explains the motto of his Baton Rouge chapter.
Play Button  Extra - Deeply Grateful - Jonathon Jackson says he wouldn’t be a senior if not for Project Excel.
Play Button  Extra - “Choices” goals - Laurie Morrow with the Northwest Louisiana Technical College touches on the goals of the “Choices” dropout prevention program.
Play Button  Extra - Community Collaboration - Laurie Morrow with the Northwest Louisiana Technical College describes the partnership that makes “Choices” successful in Sabine Parish.
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11/14 - Destination: Graduation

How is Louisiana addressing its dropout problem?

In 2013, Louisiana’s graduation rate reached an all-time high of nearly 74%, but there still is a lot of work to do. Four parishes have dropout rates below 60 percent and twenty parishes saw an increase in their dropout numbers last year. So, how is Louisiana addressing its dropout problem? What programs are available to keep students in school? How effective are they? And when is the best time to intervene? Louisiana Public Square brings together educators and innovators to look for answers to the state’s dropout dilemma on “Destination: Graduation” Wednesday, November 26 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD.

“Destination: Graduation” is part of American Graduate, a public media initiative made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, to help local communities identify and implement solutions to the high school dropout crisis.”

For more information on America’s dropout problem, visit www.americangraduate.org. For additional information about Louisiana’s dropout problem, visit www.lpb.org/americangraduate.


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West Baton Rouge Parish Early Learning

100 Black Men of Greater Baton Rouge “Project Excel”

Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) - Louisiana

ExxonMobil YMCA of Baton Rouge

Rapides Parish Alternative Positive Program for Students (RAPPS)

• Jourdan Lee poetry slam - Jordan Lee was one of the winners of the national Raise Up Slam Poetry Project which is part of the American Graduate initiative. She currently attends Tulane University.

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Governor John Bel Edward’s deputy chief of staff, Johnny Anderson, resigned in November due to allegations of sexual harassment. A month earlier, celebrity chef John Besh stepped down from his restaurant management group after sexual harassment accusations. Charges of sexual misconduct in the workplace against celebrities and government officials made state and national headlines during the last several months of 2017.

How widespread is the problem in our state? Where is the distinction drawn between boorish acts and abusive behavior? Is every circumstance unique or should all offenders be dealt with in the same manner? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Drawing the Line: Sexual Harassment in Louisiana” Wednesday, February 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Tuesday, February 27)

- Craig Broome; Louisiana Society for Human Resource Management
- Sen. Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell
- Allison A. Jones; Jones & Wilhite
- Janice Lansing, Governor Edwards’ Task Force on Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Policy

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