GETTING TO GRADUATION…. The Obama administration has repeatedly identified the scandalously low graduation rates of certain public high schools, dubbed “dropout factories,” as a key barrier to opportunity. The good news is that a handful of districts have measurably improved their graduation rates, and any district with the right leadership can do the same. The bad news is that many students who do manage to graduate from the lowest-performing high schools are shunted into colleges where the failure rates are even worse. Confronting these “college dropout factories” is essential to meeting the President’s goal of regaining America’s international lead in college graduation by 2020.

On September 21st, Washington Monthly and Education Sector will sponsor a two-part discussion called “Getting to Graduation.” The first panel will feature leading researchers, policymakers and foundation leaders discussing the findings of a Washington Monthly special report “Fighting the High School Dropout Crisis.” The second panel will include high-level congressional and administration officials along with the president of an innovative new university. It will focus on the recently published Washington Monthly College Guide and will address how the administration can keep the education pipeline flowing all the way to college graduation and beyond.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010
8:30 AM to 12:15 PM (EDT)
Registration and Refreshments (8:30 – 9:00 AM)

Resources for the Future Conference Center
1400 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
(closest Metro: Dupont Circle)

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Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.