Every year, more than 1.3 million students drop out of high school, 7,000 students a day.
KPTS has joined other public media across the country in American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, a public media initiative supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to help local communities across America address the dropout crisis. The initiative builds on public media’s long-standing commitment to education by convening conversations and strengthening partnerships between public radio and television stations and local schools, businesses and community organizations to help students stay on the path to a high school diploma.
On average, only about 69 percent of America’s children graduate. Less than 60 percent of Latino, African American and Native Americans earn a high school diploma.
The economic impact of the 1.3 million children who dropped out of high school in 2010 amounts to a third of a trillion dollars over their lifetimes in lost wages, productivity and taxes. The median earnings for individuals who do not complete high school are $12,000 a year. Those who receive a high school diploma receive, on average, an additional $10,000 a year. According to children who have left school and those at risk, dropping out establishes almost an insurmountable obstacle course for life, depriving a person of both opportunity and hope.
Local teachers offer their insight into the dropout crisis
Thanks to local teachers who participated:
Liz Roberts at North High School - USD 259
Deann Nelson, math teacher at Truesdell Middle School - USD 259
Marie Hampton, math teacher at Coleman Middle School - USD 259
Tom Klocek, first grade teacher at Seltzer Elementary -USD 259
Rick Rivera, Social Studies teacher at South High School - USD 259
Laurie Kanaga Campus High School - USD 261
Justin Williams Cooper Elementary - USD 260
Hilary Stutzman Hutchinson High School USD 308
Click on the photos below to hear local teachers respond to each question.
What is the single most important reason local students drop out of school?
What resources or assistance do you need from the community in order to help students graduate, on time and ready for college careers?
In the quest to improve graduation rates, who are your greatest allies and who or what is preventing success?
American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen is a public media initiative, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), to help students stay on the path to graduation and future success.