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High School Dropout Rate [Part 1 of 2] (2011)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2011-10-14

Duration: 00:07:28

Subjects: Education | High school dropouts | Graduation rates


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Lincoln, Sue Producer
  • Woods, Virnado Photographer
  • Schum, Debbie Interviewee
  • Hughes, Scott Interviewee
  • Smith, John Warner Interviewee


This segment from the October 14, 2011, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Sue Lincoln’s report on the results of a Public Affairs Research Council (PAR) study on the state’s efforts to reduce the high school dropout rate. Lincoln interviews: Debbie Schum of the Department of Education on the state’s cohort graduation rates and event graduation rates; Scott Hughes of the Alliance for Education on his concerns that the current rates leave out the students who drop out of school between the eighth and ninth grades; and John Warner Smith of Education’s Next Horizon on the disproportional impact of the dropout rate on minority students. Hosts: Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford