A recent federal report revealed that Georgia has one of the worst graduation rates in the nation, third from the bottom.
Nearly half of the state’s students do not make it to graduation. Research shows that failing classes, coming from a low-income household, and failure early in school are some of the most common predictors for becoming a drop-out.
In 2001, Andre Paraguassu dropped out of Milton High school in north Fulton County as soon as he could. He was 16. This is Andre’s story.
Ursula Langford is an entertainment attorney. Langford was one of many guest motivational speakers at Washington High School. She provided valuable information and eye-opening stories about her challenges in high school, college and how she overcame them. Ursula talked about staying focused and seeking help from others. She shared with the students her decision to attend law school.
On April 23, 2012, Macio T., a former participant in PBA's partnership with Saving Our Sons & Sisters and the Communities in Schools mentoring program at Washington High School, returned as a guest peer speaker. Macio stated that he did not know the importance of earning good grades until he became involved in the program. "I was about to give up and drop out of school because I had no positive people to lean on," said Macio. He encouraged the current participants to choose their peers wisely and take advantage of all available resources.
Public Broadcasting Atlanta (PBA) will promote and highlight the American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen and Systemic Health Initiative in Education through student, parent, and teacher voices on our PBA media outlets. Public Service Announcements, peer-to-peer interviews, and interviews by PBA’s news producers will air on our media outlets. These initiatives will promote staying in school as well and also show that kids need healthy lifestyles and good nutrition to help them stay alert and learn in school.
“The Rita Allen Foundation invests in transformative ideas in their earliest stages to leverage their growth and promote breakthrough solutions to significant problems.” This mission statement is embodied in the American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen Systemic Health Initiative in Education (SHINE) through building a public awareness campaign focused on why high school graduation is important. Public Broadcasting Atlanta is addressing the high school dropout crisis by engaging students, parents, and teachers. By combining the American Graduate with the SHINE, the public awareness campaig
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a resource provider in support of the American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen, Systemic Health Initiative in Education project. Access to CDC resources will allow Public Broadcasting Atlanta to create and systemically disseminate a multimedia health education program designed to educate students, teachers, and parents about the significant value of high school graduation and the risks associated with poor health.
Free Homework Hotline services are offered to students and their parents Monday through Thursday, from 4-9 p.m. Board certified teachers are available in all core subject areas to assist students, parents, and teachers with homework assignments and questions. Mathematics tutors from Georgia Institute of Technology are also available to assist students in elementary and middle schools with their math homework.
The City of Atlanta’s Office of Recreation is a key partner in the American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen and Systemic Health Initiative in Education program. This partnership will provide an opportunity for 150 teens and their parents/guardians to participate in an Out-of-School Time (OST) program this summer.
Public Broadcasting Atlanta is comprised of WABE FM 90.1 Radio, WPBA TV-30, and APS Cable Channel 22. These are broadcast services of Atlanta Public Schools (APS). Public Broadcasting Atlanta (PBA) collaborates with APS Cable Channel 22, an educational access channel that delivers information, professional development, student programming and adult learning programming to meet the needs of APS students, parents, teachers, and the community.
Atlanta, GA – U.S. Education Department figures for 2008 show that only 70% of high school seniors graduated; among minorities, low-income, and urban students the graduation rate was as low as 50%. The connection between public health and the drop-out rate was one topic of conversation between WABE's Steve Goss and U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin.