Local Radio Stories
May marks graduation season – a joyous time for most high school seniors anxious to start the next phase of their lives. But this year, thousands of students in Colorado won’t be donning caps and gowns alongside their peers. More than 10,500 students left high school in 2014 without a diploma.Read More
This story looks at an early intervention strategy – Expelled and At-Risk Student Services (EARSS) – at work in Greeley Central High School.Read More
Education advocate Steve Dobo would like to see the number of dropouts reach zero. He’s so committed to the idea, he incorporated it into his company name, Zero Dropouts.Read More
When it comes to dropouts, thousands of Colorado High School students are still slipping through the cracks.Read More
High school dropout rates in Colorado have been falling over the past eight years. State education officials are encouraged by the declines, but acknowledge that more work is needed to address the problem.Read More
ARCHIVED AUDIO SERIES
In 2011, KUVO created a 4-part series, THE AMERICAN GRADUATE, which details the obstacles and struggles that often cause students to drop out. You can listen to each podcast below:
- Part One: Laying the Groundwork (11/2/11)
Those who receive a high school diploma receive, on average, an additional $10,000 a year. This is an American tragedy. But it is a tragedy we can correct.
- Part Two: The Case for Charter Schools (11/9/11)
Two Denver Charter schools are highlighted: Colorado High School Charter and the ACE Community Challenge School. Both schools work with at-risk students from Denver Public Schools and guide them as they strive to improve their grades and their lives outside of school.
- Part Three: Native American Students and the Dropout Crisis (11/16/11)
This segment looks at some of the issues and emerging solutions specific to high school dropouts among Colorado's Native American community.
- Part Four: Students, Parents and Community Involvement (11/23/11)
The final segment examines a few of the many innovative programs and classes focused on at-risk students in Colorado.