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07/09 - Louisiana’s Dropout Problem (Encore Showing)

07/09 - Louisiana’s Dropout Problem (Encore Showing)

What can Louisiana do to improve its high school graduation rate?

The dropout rate in some Louisiana high schools is above 40 percent. Nearly 16 thousand students dropped out of school in 2007. Their unemployment rate may be as high as 30 percent. The price for society: lost tax revenue higher welfare costs and higher risk of incarceration. What can Louisiana do to improve its high school graduation rate? Watch “Louisiana’s Dropout Problem” on Louisiana Public Square. July 22 at 7 pm. VIEW ONLINE!
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“The number one predictor of a child’s future success is whether he or she graduates from high school.”
Alma J. Powell, wife of Retired General Colin Powell and co-founder of America’s Promise Alliance

Nationwide, nearly one in three high school students drops out before graduating. In Louisiana, the statistics are even more disheartening. A 2008 study conducted by the Louisiana Department of Education of the 2006-07 school term found that only 65.9% of students who had entered the 9th grade four years earlier actually graduated. That means slightly more than a third – 34.1% -of the nearly 190,000 students that annually enroll in public high schools in Louisiana end up leaving prematurely.

This program was also funded in part by the Louisiana Forestry Association

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