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Tackling the High School Dropout Problem (2008)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2008-10-31

Duration: 00:06:11

Subjects: High school dropouts | Graduation rates | Education | Crime | Economy | ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT | Job creation


  • Yancey, Allegra Nevils Producer
  • Godoy, Al Photographer
  • Saunders, Shaun Interviewee
  • Pastorek, Paul Interviewee
  • Holmes, Rodnique Interviewee
  • Deville, Hayley Interviewee
  • Downing, Bob Interviewee
  • Barfield, Tim Interviewee
  • Burgess, Robert Interviewee
  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host


This segment from the October 31, 2008, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features producer Allegra Nevils Yancey's video called “Community Teams Tackling the Dropout Problem.” The video was featured at “Louisiana’s Promise: Dropout Prevention Summit,” an event held in Baton Rouge to help tackle the growing high school dropout rate in Louisiana. It includes interviews with Shaun Saunders, Rodnique Holmes, and Hayley Deveille, three former high school dropouts, about why they dropped out of high school and why the decided to pursue their GEDS and attend college. It also features interviews with community leaders, including Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek, Judge Bob Downing, and Tim Barfield of the Louisiana Workforce Commission, on the effects of the high dropout rate on crime, job creation and the economy. Hosts: Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford