Voices from the Edge on 09/27/12
Diplomas Denied: Continuing the conversation about Portland's drop out crisis
More than 1,100 students drop out of Portland Public Schools every year. Many who fail to receive a diploma have been allowed to transfer into the district's alternative schools where graduation rates are extremely low or directed into going after a less-valued GED certificate. The Portland Public School District appears unable to reverse this trend or, more significantly, track students at-risk of dropping out. With so many solutions being offered, why hasn't the situation improved?
This week, Jo Ann and Dave continue last month's conversation about education. Their guests include Oregonian reporter Betsy Hammond, whose three-part series, Diplomas Denied, shined a light on the drop-out crisis and Charles McGee of the Black Parent Initiative about where we go from here.
Co-Hosts: Jo Ann Hardesty and Dave Mazza
Producers: Dave Mazza and Jo Ann Hardesty
Program Engineer: Steve Nassar
Audio Editor: Alicia Olson