On April 30, Alliance President Bob Wise participated in a briefing on “The Dropout Epidemic in the United States and Cross-Sector Solutions,” hosted by the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and the America’s Promise Alliance. At the briefing, Wise moderated a panel discussion in which he discussed the economic impact of the nation’s low graduation rate, explained that the federal government has a key role to play in high school reform, and called on Congress to address the nation’s high school dropout crisis. Other education leaders on his panel, who discussed the need to take immediate action to improve graduation rates, included John Bridgeland, president and CEO of Civic Enterprises; Holly Kuzmich, deputy chief of staff, U.S. Department of Education; and Matthew Gandal, executive vice president of Achieve. Keynote remarks were given by Alma J. Powell, wife of General Colin L. Powell and chair of the America’s Promise Alliance.
For a summary of the event and to learn more about America’s Promise, please visit http://www.americaspromise.org/apapage.aspx?id=10602.