Thursday Dropout Event

CPS says that Arne and a new student group are meeting to talk dropouts on Thursday. There's some sort of new dropout prevention program being rolled out at 12 lucky high schools. Check out the press release below.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2008

MEDIA ALERT

CHICAGO

PUBLIC SCHOOLS STUDENTS & CPS CEO ARNE DUNCAN ANNOUNCE

INNOVATIVE PILOT

PROJECT WITH NEW YOUTH-ORGANIZED COALITION

Duncan to join

education leaders at discussion on dropout crisis on Thursday, November 13th

What: Chicago Public Schools

(CPS) Students and CEO Arne Duncan will announce a first-ever pilot program

created by youth aimed at ending the dropout crisis at Student-Led

Solutions to the Nation's Dropout Crisis, a presentation and panel discussion with

local and national experts on Thursday, November 13th. The discussion program is being

organized by Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE), an education

initiative comprised of student leaders from seven community organizations and

12 CPS high schools. VOYCE will

also release a report detailing findings and recommendations regarding the

dropout crisis.

Why: High dropout rates

and low college-enrollment rates are a continuing crisis for Chicago public

high schools. VOYCE believes the opinions and experiences of CPS students are

key to helping solve these problems. A new student-led CPS pilot program will

inform ongoing CPS initiatives to transform Chicago’s high schools and address

the dropout crisis.

Who: Participants

Include:

· Arne

Duncan, CEO, Chicago Public Schools

· Kate

Grossman, Reporter & Editorial Board Member, Chicago Sun-Times

· Terry

Mazany, President & CEO, The Chicago Community Trust

· Charles

Payne, Professor, University of Chicago

· Mark

Warren, Associate Professor of Education, Harvard University

· Kelly

James, Policy Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

· CPS

Student Organizers

When: Thursday, November 13th, 2008

9:30

a.m. to 12:00 Noon

Registration

& Complimentary Breakfast begin at 8:30 a.m.

Where: The Spertus Institute

610

South Michigan Avenue, 9th Floor, Chicago, IL

Voices of Youth in Chicago Education

(VOYCE) is

a citywide youth organizing initiative created to address the high dropout rate

and low college enrollment rate for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students. VOYCE’s leadership includes students from seven

community-based organizations and 12 CPS high schools who have committed

themselves to organizing their schools and communities to create lasting

change.

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