American Graduate

American Graduate
1:22 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Faces of Metro Atlanta's Dropout Rate: Jean Hudley

Jean Hudley
Credit Jenny Ament/WABE News

Back in 2004, Jean Hudley created a non-profit organization in Reynoldstown called "Boys to Men." It serves the male youth in the neighborhood.

Every day she offers GED classes and teaches life skills to 16 young men between 18 and 23.  Others show up on an irregular basis. 

Jean herself is a high school drop-out.  She stopped going to William Howard Taft high school in  the Bronx in 1964 when she was 16 years old.  That’ one of the reasons she started her organization.

In our on-going series profiling high school drop outs here is part one of Jean’s story. 

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American Graduate
7:45 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Faces of Metro Atlanta's Dropout Rate: Andre Paraguassu

Andre Paraguassu

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.

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American Graduate
8:41 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Faces of Metro Atlanta's Dropout Rate: Ashley Hall

Ashley Hall.

Ashley Hall stopped going to North Springs High School in Sandy Springs when she was only a 15 year old freshman. 

According to state statistics, nearly half of Georgia high school freshman do not make it to graduation. Students drop out for a variety of reasons.  

Surveys show that feeling unmotivated or uninspired to work hard was a significant factor in students' decision to drop out.

But what if life gets in the way of school- and school couldn't be a priority?  Producer Jennifer Ament spoke with Ashley and this is her story.

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American Graduate
10:22 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Faces of Metro Atlanta's Dropout Rate: Cole Alexander

Cole Alexander

WABE is producing a series about the "dropout" problem in Atlanta.   Our coverage of this issue is supported by grants from the Rita Allen Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  

This is the third installment in our series.  This profile features Cole Alexander.

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American Graduate
10:26 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Faces of Metro Atlanta's Dropout Rate: Marlo Alexander

Credit Jennifer Ament

WABE is producing a series about the "dropout" problem in Atlanta.   Our coverage of this issue is supported by grants from the Rita Allen Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  

This is the second installment in our series.  This profile features Marlo Alexander.

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American Graduate
10:22 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Faces of Metro Atlanta's dropout rate: Nancy Landaro

Nancy Landaro
Credit Jennifer Ament

WABE is producing a series about the "dropout" problem in Atlanta.   Our coverage of this issue is supported by grants from the Rita Allen Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

About 7,000 kids drop out of school every day in the United States. Nearly half of the students in Atlanta Public Schools do not make it to graduation. Atlanta, students like Nancy Landaro.

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American Graduate
5:40 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Area Schools Talk Graduation Rates and Dropout Prevention: Atlanta Public Schools

High school students that leave a district without officially withdrawing will count as a dropout.

Also, students that don’t receive a high school diploma within four years can’t be counted as a graduate.

That’s part of the new federal guidelines for calculating graduation and dropout rates.

Area school districts are either adjusting or developing how to improve the graduation rate and also prevent students from dropping out.

For this report, a look at what the Atlanta Public Schools District plans to do.

Some ideas work and some don’t.

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American Graduate
11:30 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Shared Stories for Student Success

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.

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American Graduate
11:30 am
Wed May 16, 2012

A Day In The Life - Macio T.

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.

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American Graduate
11:30 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Partnerships: PBA Channel 30

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.

Programming aired on PBA TV-30:

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American Graduate
11:30 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Partnerships: Rita Allen Foundation

“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

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American Graduate
11:30 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Resource: CDC

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.

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American Graduate
11:30 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Partnerships: Homework Hotline

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. 

American Graduate
11:30 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Partnerships: City of Atlanta

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.

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American Graduate
11:29 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Partnerships: Atlanta Public Schools

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.

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Atlanta
11:29 am
Wed May 16, 2012

America's Drop-Out Crisis and Public Health

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.

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American Graduate
8:44 am
Thu August 19, 2010

Georgia Posts Low Graduation Rates for African-American Males

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