April 8, 2008
For immediate release
After 10 months of studying the state’s dropout crisis and deliberating solutions, the California Dropout Research Project’s (CDRP) Policy Committee issued a blueprint for action by the state, school districts, and schools, saying the problem requires a systemic approach. Dr. Russell Rumberger of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School, Director of the CDRP, presented the project’s findings in Sacramento to a group including State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell on February 28.
What the State Should Do
What School Districts Should Do
What Schools Should Do
The entire report is posted on the CDRP Web site.
“This report shines needed light on a problem we cannot afford to ignore,” says State Senator Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), chairman of the Senate Select Committee on High School Graduation and a member of the CDRP Policy Committee. “Last week I introduced Senate Bill 1532, which would significantly increase expectations for higher graduation rates. It’s clear that those expectations have been too low for too long.”
Assembly Member Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield), an alumna of the Gevirtz School and also a member of the CDRP Policy Committee, agrees. “I applaud Russ Rumberger for convening a legislative working group that can use the research he has conducted as a map for solving the dropout crisis.”
[Russell Rumberger is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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Photo Caption: (from l to r): State Assembly Member and Gevirtz School alumna Jean Fuller; CDRP Director Russell Rumberger; State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell; State Senator Darryl Steinberg; and Paul Seave, Director, Gang and Youth Violence Policy Office of the Governor’s office