This from Cindy Heine at Prichard:
I am happy to announce that First Lady Jane Beshear and Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Helen Mountjoy have invited the public to participate in Graduate Kentucky: A Community Approach. This initiative will focus on raising awareness of the dropout problem in Kentucky, instigate a community discussion about the issue and develop an action plan to address the problem.Cindy Heine: Prichard Committee; firstname.lastname@example.org; Office: (859) 233-9849 x222
In Kentucky, more than 6,000 students dropped out in 2008, and nearly 26 percent of adults have less than a high school education.
These numbers have real consequences for the Commonwealth: High school dropouts are four times more likely to be unemployed than college graduates; one in four resorts to public assistance; and crime rates soar among those who have dropped out of school.
The dropout problem is affecting not only individual dropouts, but also our communities and society as a whole. And this is why communities and organizations like ours must be part of the solution.
On September 11-12, Mrs. Beshear will host a statewide summit at the Convention Center in Frankfort to begin this effort. Following the statewide summit, six regional conferences will be held throughout the year.
I encourage you to participate in both the statewide summit and the regional summits. If you are interested in attending the statewide summit or need more information on the broader initiative, please visit www.graduate.ky.gov or contact one of the individuals below.
Colmon Elridge: Governor’s Office; Colmon.Elridge@ky.gov; Office: (502) 564-2611
Kate Wood: Governor’s Office; Kate.Wood@ky.gov; Office: (502) 564-2611
We are all needed to address this critical issue in the Commonwealth. As you are well aware, education is the key to success for an individual, a community and our shared legacy.
SIURCE: Prichard Communication