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It's that exciting time of year again, Graduation season. Facebook is flooded with beaming students in caps and gowns. Newspapers are busy covering the latest inspiring commencement speech and highlighting inspiring graduation stories like Chelesea Fearce,the incredible young woman in Atlanta who, despite homelessness, was valedictorian of her high school.
It’s an exciting time, a time to celebrate the achievement of hard-working students.
Listen to a Maria, a first generation student, talk about her graduation.
But it’s also a time to reflect on what we can all do better.
Every day, 7,000 American kids drop out of school, their lives forever altered. Though our graduation numbers are improving, they’re still not nearly good enough: One out of every four students fails to complete high school. The numbers are worse for students of color: 40% of African American students and 30% of Latinos fail to graduate.
I think we can all agree that this is unacceptable. This week at Stand we’re devoting our time to asking: What about them? Who is dropping out of school, and why? What does that mean for their future job prospects, income, and quality of living? And, most importantly, what can we do together, as parents, as teachers, as community members, and as voters, to help more students in the United States graduate from high school ready for college and a career.
Join us in this conversation.
Share your story, spread the information we will be pushing out all week, and get involved with thousands of other concerned citizens across the U.S. Together, let’s get more students in graduation caps.