50-50 Series: Students, Parents and Administrators Discuss Dropout Rate at Robeson High School

December 21, 2009

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Principal Gerald Morrow, Chicago Public School administrators Paige Ponder and Rodney Thomas (WBEZ/Andrew Gill)

In 2008, a team of WBEZ reporters embedded themselves into one of Chicago's toughest schools, Robeson High School on the South Side. Our series, 50/50: The Odds of Graduating followed the path of several students. We also met the administrators, parents and teachers who tried to help them. At the end of the series, we gathered that group together to talk more about what could be done to keep kids away from drugs, violence and pregnancy and into the classroom. We revisit the discussion.

Review the blog discussion with series reporters

Gerald Morrow:
Principal of Robeson High School
Paige Ponder: Chicago Public School Administrator in charge of the pilot program to tackle the dropout problem at Robeson
Julia McEvoy: Reporter on the 50/50 series
Robeson High School Parents and Teachers