Left Behind, Dropping Out

Tue, 09/25/2012 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Hosted by former NPR correspondent Andrea Seabrook, this radio program tackles the national high school dropout crisis.

In support of the American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen, the public media initiative to help students stay on the path to on-time high school graduation and future success, WXXI presents Left Behind, Dropping Out on Monday, September 25 at 12 p.m. on AM 1370. The documentary will be followed by a live 1370 Connection call-in show at 1-2 p.m. with Rochester School Board members Van White and Willa Powell, Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection Director Roderick Greene, and U of R Warner Graduate School of Education professor David Hursh. Join guests and host Bob Smith to discuss how to reduce dropout and increase graduation rates in urban communities like Rochester.

About Left Behind, Dropping Out:

Every year, more than a million kids drop out of school. Without a diploma, they will have a tough time succeeding. But the problem starts much earlier than high school. This hour, we'll ask the big questions: Why are students dropping out? What's the cost? And, what works to keep them in school and graduate? Host Andrea Seabrook, former NPR correspondent, talks to Arne Duncan, the education secretary in charge of turning around the problem. And we'll look at the dropout crisis through the eyes of the kids themselves. You'll hear stories from:

  • Chicago, Duncan's hometown, where we try to find out why students leave school in the first place.
  • San Diego, where a mentoring program has helped cut dropout rates substantially.
  • Washington, DC, where we examine the cost of dropouts to families.
  • Boston, where we look at whether the President's call for a "dropout age" of 18 could really work.
  • And New Haven, Connecticut, where students are given the "promise" of college if they work hard and stay in school.

Andrea Seabrook now hosts her own blog DecodeDC.

Local support for the American Graduate Initiative and this broadcast is made possible by Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection, preparing students for graduation, college, and a career.