Press Release

Income Inequality and Graduation Rates: GradNation Campaign Hosts Two Live Webcasts, May 12

Hear from researchers behind the 2015 Building a Grad Nation report (9:00 a.m. ET). Tune in to Gen. Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret) and Harvard professor Robert Putnam on the American dream gap (1:00 p.m. ET).

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 5, 2015) – The GradNation campaign’s sixth annual report on the progress of America’s graduation rates will be released on May 12 by America’s Promise Alliance, Civic Enterprises, Everyone Graduates Center, and the Alliance for Excellent Education.  
To learn more, join us for two free, live webcasts that day. 
2015 Building a Grad Nation Report Findings 
May 12, 9:00 a.m. ET
Which states are the leaders, and which are the laggards in graduation rates? Where does the country stand on getting students of color, students from low-income families, special education students, and English Language Learners across the graduation stage? What will it take to get to a 90 percent on-time graduation rate by 2020?
Hear directly from:
  • Alma J. Powell, board chair, and John Gomperts, CEO, America’s Promise Alliance
  • Report authors John Bridgeland, CEO, Civic Enterprises, and Dr. Robert Balfanz, co-director, Everyone Graduates Center, Johns Hopkins University
  • Nicole Anderson, executive director of philanthropy, AT&T Services, Inc. and president, AT&T Foundation
Conversation with Gen. Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.) and Dr. Robert Putnam 
May 12, 1:00 p.m. ET
Is education still the path out of poverty, or is income inequality blocking the way? What is the state of the opportunity gap and what can be done to close it?
Hear directly from: 
  • Gen. Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret), founding chair, America’s Promise Alliance
  • Dr. Robert Putnam, Harvard Professor and Author of “Our Kids”
  • Kavitha Cardoza, special correspondent, WAMU-FM, host of Breaking Ground (MOD)
RSVP: (Please RSVP by May 11.) 
CONTACT: Media are invited to join the two webcasts. For all media inquiries, contact Daria Hall, director of media relations, [email protected], 202.657.0621 or 718.404.7448.
The annual Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic report is co-authored by John Bridgeland,  Jennifer DePaoli and Erin Ingram of Civic Enterprises and Robert Balfanz, Joanna Fox and Mary Maushard at the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University School of Education in partnership with America’s Promise Alliance and the Alliance for Excellent Education. The 2015 report is presented by lead sponsor AT&T with supporting sponsorship from Target.
The GradNation campaign, led by America’s Promise, seeks to raise the national on-time graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020 and increase postsecondary enrollment and completion.