The Problem

1.3 million kids drop out of high school per year costing our nation more than $100 billion in lost wages and taxes, plus the increased social costs due to crime and healthcare.

The University of New Mexico Center for Education Research has just released the first version of “Mapping the Landscape of Educational Outcomes in Albuquerque,” a collection of maps and data produced as part of a larger report developed for the Albuquerque Business Education Compact (ABEC). Read the report.

The Solution

In fact, research shows that we can help keep students on the path to college and careers.

  • Start with early reading
  • Focus on middle grades
  • Build early warning and intervention systems
  • Create a multi-sector and community-based effort
  • Elicit perspectives of students, educators, and parents
  • Set high expectations and provide engaging coursework

The Partnership

Public media’s trusted producers are creating programs and specials that will raise awareness and increase dialogue about the dropout crisis. In addition, some public radio and television programs will support teachers by developing educational resources to better engage their students in learning.

Producers include: PBS NewsHour, PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs, StoryCorps, Roadtrip Nation, and Mission US.