Solving California’s Dropout Crisis

Russell Rumberger, University of California, Santa Barbara

Friday, December 14, 2012 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
USC State Capital Center, 1800 I Street (by 18th Street), 2nd Floor (Classroom E), Sacramento

Building Parking: While USC employees have priority, we will have some building parking spaces available. Please let us know if you will need parking as soon as possible when you RSVP to Nick Romley: (916-557-9745).

Lunch will be provided.

Russell Rumberger, University of California, Santa Barbara

More than 85,000 students drop out of California’s public school system each year, costing taxpayers billions of dollars and threatening the state’s future economy. In this seminar Russell Rumberger from UC-Santa Barbara will present findings from his research on the causes and consequences of dropping out in California as part of the California Dropout Research Project, and from his recent book, Dropping Out, from a national perspective. Rumberger will address four facets of California’s dropout crisis: the severity of the problem and whether it’s getting better or worse; the individual and social consequences of dropping out; the reasons why students drop out of school; and changes in policy and educational practice that can help to address the problem. Proven dropout prevention strategies range from providing quality pre-school programs to a variety of reforms in the organization and operation of high schools. Rumberger argues that solving California’s dropout crisis will require collective action by the state, local school districts, and individual schools.


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