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

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Ruston, Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, Monroe, Ouachita Parish, Louisiana, Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2011-10-28

Duration: 00:07:21

Subjects: Education | High school dropouts | Truancy | Jobs for America's Graduates (Organization)


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Lincoln, Sue Producer
  • Woods, Virnado Photographer
  • Johnson, Janaya Interviewee
  • Reed, Antarius Interviewee
  • Schum, Debbie Interviewee
  • Hammons, Lora Interviewee
  • Letendre, Catherine Interviewee
  • Smith, Anthony Interviewee
  • Fortune, Justin Interviewee
  • Rangus, Adam Interviewee
  • Doughty, Damon Interviewee
  • Hughes, Scott Interviewee


This segment from the October 28, 2011, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Sue Lincoln’s report on several programs in north Louisiana that aim to reduce the state’s high school dropout rate. Lincoln highlights: the Freshman Academy at Ruston High School; truancy enforcement in Monroe; the Medical Career Academy at Fair Park High School in Shreveport; the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program; the NewTech program at Ruston High School; and the Volunteers of America’s Lighthouse program in Shreveport. She interviews: Janaya Johnson, Antarius Reed, and Adam Rangus, students at Ruston High School; Debbie Schum of the Louisiana Department of Education; Lora Hammons and Catherine Letendre, a teacher and administrator at Ruston High School; Anthony Smith, a truancy officer with the Monroe Police Department; Justin Fortune, a student at Fair Park High School; Damon Doughty, an alumnus of the Lighthouse program; and Scott Hughes of the Alliance for Education. Hosts: Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford