Ohio Dropout Prevention Summit
The Partnership for Continued Learning, the state P-16 council, convened a statewide summit on dropout prevention on November 17, 2008. The summit was held at the Columbus Convention Center with approximately 200 in attendance. The Partnership, in consultation with the Governor’s Office, invited school districts and community schools with the lowest graduation rates. State leaders and national experts presented at the summit including Governor Strickland by video.
- The goals of the summit were to: increase awareness about the problem of dropouts, the cost to communities and the state, and how the problem ahs to be addressed to ensure the economic health of communities and the state; provide examples of best practices to groups of community teams and to assist them in developing action plans to improve student outcomes through public-private partnerships and track progress over time; and develop policy recommendations to address the issue of dropouts.
- The Partnership for Continued Learning will re-convene the state planning group in the near future to reflect on the summit, react to the ideas that came out of the summit, especially the regional conversations, and plan for the action steps of the future.
Summit Planning Team:
Governor's Office (Partnership for Continued Learning), Legislative Representation, Ohio Department of Education, Ohio Board of Regents, Department of Development, Ohio Jobs and Family Services, Family and Children First Councils, the Early Childhood Cabinet, Foundation & Faith-based represenation, business partners, and Alliance partners. Planning also included representation from students and student organizations.
Progress Since the Summit
- Governor Strickland held 17 town hall meetings on education in the fall of 2008, and spoke at the November summit. He released his education reform plan in late January 2009 as part of his biennial budget.
- One key strategy included in the new education reform plan is the funding and development of “linkage coordinators” who will mentor and coach those students identified as at-risk of not graduating. They will help coordinate and support students’ in-school and out-of-school activities and services.