In 2006, Shelbyville, Indiana became the face of America’s dropout crisis as part of a TIME Magazine cover story. At the time, their graduation rate was about 75 percent.
In the six years since, Shelbyville has launched a variety of dropout prevention strategies, including online credit recovery programs. Critics argue it’s not real learning — but proponents speak to the concept that every student learns differently, and when traditional models don’t work, we shouldn’t doom an adolescent’s future.
Producers John Tulenko and Mike Joseloff traveled to Shelbyville for this report for PBS NewsHour.
This program is made possible by the following funders:
Grade Level Reading Fund of the Tides Foundation, The Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
A full 40-minute interview with Melissa Lakes (featured in the piece above) about the Student Achievement Center in Shelbyville and various approaches to preventing dropping out. Listen and comment!
How do we best prevent students from dropping out of school? The Forum convened several experts to discuss the topic. Join the discussion!
John Merrow did some reporting in 1991 on this same topic; it’s presented in three parts, all of which you can access at this link. Watch and join the discussion!
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