Why Do Kids Drop Out?

A House bill to raise the drop out age in Kentucky failed in the Senate for the third time during the last General Assembly session. Current estimates put the drop out rate in our state at more than 2%, though in today’s economy 6% of high school dropouts never find work and the rest work only half as much as students who finish high school. The differences in employment potential & earnings between drop outs and college graduates are even more staggering. So why do kids continue to leave school? We listen back to a conversation on why students drop out and what we can do to encourage them to graduate.

Dropout Prevention Forum Held In Louisville

Former West Virginia Governor and Congressman Bob Wise was in Louisville Monday to discuss strategies for reducing high school dropout rates. Wise heads a Washington-based group called the Alliance for Excellent Education. “At a time when our nation has a 30 percent dropout rate, another 30 percent of our kids will finish high school but without the […]

Kentucky First Lady To Host Dropout Prevention Summit

Thanks To Lisa Autry, Kentucky Public Radio/WKYU, Bowling Green Kentucky’s First Lady is spearheading an effort to reduce Kentucky’s high school dropout rate. Officials say while Kentucky’s rate is below the national average, nearly 6,500 students left school last year before earning a diploma. Jane Beshear will host a summit in Frankfort next month to […]

Summit Seeks Solutions to High School Dropout Rate

Officials say one in four Jefferson County public high school students will drop out of high school. The mayor’s office is joining with JCPS Superintendent Sheldon Berman to host a summit tomorrow to find ways to improve the district’s graduation rate. The national education organization America’s Promise will be part of the day-long conference. President […]