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.
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How well is the state’s public school system really performing?
One national survey ranks Louisiana as 49th for academic achievement of public school students. Another national report ranks the state dead last. So, how well is the state’s public school system really performing? Where is there room for improvement? What will the new federal “Every Student Succeeds Act” mean for education in Louisiana? And how have the historic summer floods changed things? Louisiana Public Square explores these issues and more on “Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” Wednesday, September 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE.
The panelists are
• Superintendent Michael Faulk, Central Community School System
• James D. Garvey, Jr. , BESE Board President
• Scott Richard, Executive Director, Louisiana School Boards Association
• Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith, D- Baton Rouge; House Education Committee
LPB CEO Beth Courtney and LSU Manship School of Mass Communication professor Robert Mann host the show. The program features interviews with Louisiana Education State Superintendent John White; Debbie Meaux, President of the Louisiana Association of Educators; Brigitte Nieland with the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and Caddo Parish School Superintendent Dr. Theodis Lamar Goree.
“Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.
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