Closing the G-A-P: Shorts
About This Episode
Follow a group of Texas eighth graders in the Middle School Partners Program, a successful dropout-prevention project that helps students who were previously behind catch up quickly. Participants have seen their chances of dropping out fall from 90% to 10% and it’s generated national interest as a model for schools with significant Latino populations.
Shukree Tilghman meets with Gary Orfield, co-founder and director of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA. They explore how American classrooms have re-segregated along ethnic and, often, socio-economic lines. Shukree explores this backward momentum with a trip to St. Louis to examine a controversial Missouri Supreme Court decision.