New Mexico Drop Out Rate
One out of every three ninth graders in New Mexico drops out before graduation. Find out why.
Teens talk about why they dropped out—and what brought them back to school in this month’s “Public Square.”
Tune in 5.1 NMPBS: Thursday at 7:00 pm & 9.1 NMPBS: Sunday at 5:00 pm.
In the first half of the show, young people describe some of the challenges that get between them and a high school diploma: working to support their families, becoming parents, falling behind in classes, struggling to get to school and battling boredom. Their stories are surprising, honest and emotional.
In the second half of the show, the students ask some pointed questions—and don’t get all the answers they’re looking for—in a frank conversation with Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera, City Councilor Rey Garduno and dropout prevention expert Franklin Schargel.
Hosted by Gwyneth Doland.
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Secretary of Education
Dropout Prevention Expert
Schargel Consulting Group