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Cincinnati Media Airs One-Hour TV Special About Why You Really Should Graduate From High School

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 10:00 AM

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About 60 percent of Cincinnati high school students graduate within four years, according to the most recent state figures.

Now Cincinnati public media organization CET and television station WCPO have produced a television program explaining what schools, businesses, social service organizations and others are doing to help more Cincinnati-area students graduate from high school.

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Graduation Rates: Large Urban Districts

District Graduation Rate
Cleveland 52%
Youngstown 58%
Dayton 59%
Cincinnati 60%
Toledo 63%
Canton 70%
Columbus 72%
Akron 77%

Source: Ohio Department of Education. Longitudinal Graduation Rate, Class of 2010
From a CET press release:

At 8pm Thursday, Feb. 28, CET and 9 on Your Side will present a special local production – Cradle to Career: Moving the Needle in Education – with co-hosts Kathrine Nero and Clyde Gray. This program explores our region’s cradle to career initiative, which has garnered national attention by bringing together leaders in business, education, community service and philanthropy to work toward common goals in education.

Cradle to Career: Moving the Needle in Education will look at key milestones along the path to student success and the high stakes for regional competiveness and economic growth. Interviews with community leaders will explore the critical role of early learning, new requirements for grade-level reading, the all-important transition to high school, and college and career readiness. Video reports will take us to classrooms and community programs, bringing us the voices of at-risk youth and educators.

You can watch the show live on Thursday at 8 p.m. at

The video production is part of a national public media initiative called American Graduate funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting that aims to improve high school graduation rates.

Our partners at WOSU focused on the same issue last year. You can view their American Graduate productions here.

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