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Falling Through the Cracks: Students Without High School Diplomas

Event Details

June 17, 2019

Falling Through the Cracks:
Students Without High School Diplomas

Monica Almond, Senior Associate, Policy Development and Government Relations, Alliance for Excellent Education (@monicaralmond)
Robert Balfanz, Director, The Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University (@bobbalfanz)
Deb Delisle, President and CEO, Alliance for Excellent Education (@debdelisle)
Jemiah Williams, Policy and Advocacy Intern, Alliance for Excellent Education; Student, Howard University
Jason Amos, Vice President of Communications, Alliance for Excellent Education (@Jason_Amos)

U.S. high school graduation rates have reached an all-time high of 84.6 percent. However, as we celebrate this increase with pride, we must acknowledge the students who are not graduating from high school.

More than 2,000 of America’s public high schools are graduating two-thirds or fewer of their students. The majority of students in these schools, with an average graduation rate of 40 percent, are African American, Latino, and low-income.

Who are these students? What are the challenges they face that prevent them from a timely graduation, or cause them to drop out? Where do they attend school? Most important, what can we do to ensure they walk across the stage with their peers, diplomas in hand?

As the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) continues the conversation on the legacy and impact of the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education case, this webinar shines a spotlight on the work still remaining and offer solutions to schools, districts, states, and federal policymakers on how they can advocate for students who are furthest from opportunity.

Panelists also addressed questions submitted by viewers from across the nation.

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