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On December 6, 2012, WTTW’s nightly news and public affairs program, Chicago Tonight, devoted an hour-long broadcast and an additional 30-minute web extra to the subject of Chicago's dropout crisis. This program, originally broadcast live before a studio audience, explores the issues that have lead to low graduation rates and truancy, as well as the programs struggling to encourage social and educational success through high school graduation and secondary education. Chicago Tonight host, Phil Ponce, spoke with youth, education professionals, and research experts to explore who is affected, what they have experienced, how they are trying to improve graduation rates at their schools, and what the statistics mean to our community and those most affected. We learn more about the truancy issues in Chicago's public schools, as well as a mentor organization, called One Goal, that is successfully helping youth stay on track toward graduation and consider college. The studio audience included youth, educators, parents, community leaders, mentors, and representatives from non-profit organizations and educational institutions. Many asked questions or shared their ideas and suggestions in the final 30-minute web extra portion of the program.
Click here to view the recap of the 90-minute live online chat.
December 6, 2012 - OneGoal Sets High Bar for Low-Income Students - OneGoal, a nonprofit educational organization, pinpoints and targets low-income, underperforming students in non-selective Chicago Public Schools to reverse the trend that shows nationally, only 8 percent of ninth graders in low-income communities are expected to graduate college by age 25.
December 6, 2012 - Truancy: Chicago's Missing Student Problem - Students who are truant in their K-8 years are much more likely to drop out of high school later down the road. Elizabeth Brackett reports on one elementary school's hands-on approach to combat the truancy crisis.
September 25, 2012 - Elizabeth Brackett speaks with administrators and researchers about the charter school expansion in Chicago. The conversation includes a discussion about how effective charter schools have been in raising graduation rates.
September 24, 2012 - Eddie Arruza interviews Edmond "AJ" Shoat, a recent Chicago high school dropout, to better understand the issues students, families, and educators deal with in the struggle to keep teens in school and on a path towards graduation.
February 27, 2012 - Elizabeth Brackett visits a program at the American Indian Association designed to support the cultural education of Native Americans in Chicago.
December 8, 2011 - Andrew Sum, Professor from the Center for Labor Market Studies, Northeastern University-Boston, talks with Phil Ponce about the labor market, civic, social, and fiscal costs of Chicago’s high dropout rate.
November 7, 2011 - Elizabeth Brackett interviews school leaders from Team Englewood and Youth Connection Charter Schools, as well as researchers from the University of Chicago to examine the dropout crisis in Chicago.
November 7, 2011 - Jean-Claude Brizard, CEO of Chicago Public Schools, talks with Phil Ponce about how the Chicago Public School system is handling high dropout rates.
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