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Summit Targets Dropout Rates in Louisville Schools

Monday July 28, 2008

One in four Jefferson County Public School students do not graduate in four years – and students from all races, neighborhoods and economic levels are dropping out.

Those statistics are too high, Mayor Jerry Abramson said, and he and JCPS Superintendent Sheldon Berman are holding a summit on Wednesday to examine the dropout rate and develop a plan for reducing it.

The High School Dropout Solutions Summit is part of Abramson’s Graduate Greater Louisville initiative to increase education levels of Louisville residents.

“One in four is too many,” Abramson said. “We need to find a way to keep teenagers in schools and this summit is the first step toward developing a clear, community-wide action plan.”

The all-day summit will conclude with an ambitious plan for cutting the dropout rate, Abramson and Berman said.

The summit is sponsored by Abramson, Berman, America’s Promise, a national educational organization, AT&T and the CE&S Foundation, a Louisville charitable organization.

More than 400 education, civic, business and government leaders are expected to attend the summit at Bellarmine University’s Cralle Theatre. The event beings at 8:30 a.m. and runs until 3:30 p.m.

The keynote speaker is Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia. For more information, visit www.louisvilleky.gov/oyd/dropout_summit