The DC Teacher Town Hall was hosted by WAMU’s Matt McCleskey on June 5, 2012 at the WHUT Television studios on the Howard University campus. The lively discussion serves as a catalyst to generate new conversations about education today and the realities faced by local teachers.
Thank you to all of the DC Metro educators who shared their challenges, solutions, deep concern for children, and passion for teaching with all of us.
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Battling the high school dropout crisis
The vast majority of students — 92 percent — say they expect to earn a high school diploma. But, for many of these students, the reality is much different. Every year, more than 1 million students drop out of high school. Students have the will to graduate, but they do not always have the necessary support or resources.
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), in partnership with America’s Promise Alliance and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has launched American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen — an initiative to help combat the dropout crisis in this country. Local public radio and television stations, located in 20 “hub markets” where the dropout crisis is most acute, are at the core of the American Graduate initiative.
What’s happening in Washington, D.C.
The three public media stations in Washington, D.C. — WAMU, WETA, and WHUT — are working closely with youth development and community organizations, business groups, the public schools, advocacy groups, and others to build awareness about the dropout crisis, bring people together, and start turning things around. Learn more about what we’re doing here in DC >