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Staying Power: Helping Students Reach Graduation

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On Nov. 15, AETN, CJI and ADE partnered with key education professionals, business leaders and community leaders for an interactive workshop designed to increase dialogue about the need for more dropout prevention efforts in the state, explore the issues surrounding high school retention rates, discuss what is happening in Arkansasís schools and determine what action is needed to work toward reducing Arkansasís high school dropout rates. Topics discussed included challenges, opportunities, statistics, needs, available resources, Arkansas dropout programs and what business/community involvement means for these issues.

Approximately 80 participants, were encouraged to share their comments and questions during the day. Among the organizations represented were: Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Arkansas Project Graduation Commission, Alternative Learning Environments, Arkansas Research Center, Star City's "Ment for You" Program, Watch Dog Dads, Junior Achievement, El Dorado Promise, AT&T "Aspire" Program, Arkansas Chamber of Commerce, State Farm Insurance, Arkansas Public Policy Panel and the "I Believe" Coalition.

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