More than a million high school students drop out each year. That’s one in four, and the rate is much higher among African-American and Hispanic students.
The good news is that there are fewer so-called “dropout factories” - schools where 60% or fewer make it from their freshman year to their senior year.
A new report (which can be found here) shows in 2010 there were 1,550 such schools. That’s down 23% since 2002. Many programs are trying to keep this trend going.
Later today at the “Building a Grad Nation Summit” in Washington, AT&T will announce a $250 million investment in such programs.
This morning on “Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien,” AT&T Chief Sustainability Officer Charlene Lake, CNN education contributor Steve Perry and America’s Graduates program participant Tyra Gleaton talk about the importance of turning around the dropout rate.
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