The Dropout Crisis: Solutions

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We continue a special live broadcast from Oakland's Castlemont High School on the dropout crisis in public schools. In this hour, we turn to policymakers and education reformers who have given this issue a lot of thought. Do they think the problem is only about schools? Or does it have more systemic causes? What are some proven, innovative approaches to help alleviate the problem?


Michael Kirst, president of the California State Board of Education and professor emeritus of education at Stanford University

Russell Rumberger, vice provost for education partnerships at the UC Office of the President, director of the California Dropout Research Project and author of the book "Dropping Out"

Fania Davis, executive director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth

Tony Smith, superintendent of the Oakland Joint Unified School District