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WUCF TV talks high school graduation rates in this week’s Metro Center Outlook

Posted by Jennifer Cook on

The high school graduation rate across the nine-county Central Florida area is 78%.

The dropout crisis amounts to billions of dollars over their lifetimes in lost wages, productivity and taxes.

This week on Metro Center Outlook, host Dr. Diane Trees sits down with Orange County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Barbara Jenkins and Seminole County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Walt Griffin. They shed light on the dropout situation and how they are working to increase graduation rates in their school systems.

“I think our biggest concern, our biggest issue is that young children and young adults actually, some of our youth, are dealing with issues that children shouldn’t have to deal with,” Jenkins states. “If you consider poverty factors, and children who have to consider whether or not they’re going to have enough food to eat, clothes to wear, and a place to sleep at night, those are adult issues that no child should have to deal with. ”

Metro Center Outlook airs each Sunday on WUCF TV at 9 a.m. 

The program is presented as part of WUCF TV’s AMERICAN GRADUATE initiative.