Original air date: September 20, 2013
One out of four adults in California is a high school dropout. Class Dismissed takes an up-close look at the crisis through the lives of four young people from the Central Valley. The stories reveal what’s at stake for their future and ours.
Youth from 12 different cultural communities around San Joaquin County came together to talk about high school dropout. They shared personal experiences and learned how to use mobile phones to express their views. Hear their stories and see their photos on this community media blog RView209.
Join parents, teachers, youth, and civic leaders in a community dialogue to discuss the challenges facing today’s young people and ways to improve community health. Share stories, explore solutions, get involved.
Class Dismissed was produced as a project for The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships, a program of USC's Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.
High Cost of High School Dropouts
is the overall dropout rate for California Class of 2012
is the dropout rate for African Americans in California Class of 2012
is the dropout rate for San Joaquin County Class of 2009
could be saved each year by cutting the California dropout rate in half
juvenile crimes could be prevented each year by cutting the California dropout rate in half
is the overall graduation rate for California Class of 2012
is the graduation rate for African Americans in California Class of 2012
is the graduation rate for San Joaquin County Class of 2009
teen moms in the US fail to earn their diploma by age 22
is the estimated cost to taxpayers for public health, juvenile justice costs and lower income and educational attainment of 1071 teen mothers who gave birth in San Joaquin County in 2010
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