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.
Learn how to get involved with Louisiana American Graduate Champions.
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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