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TakePart: Dr. Seuss Is the Key to Boosting Graduation Rates

By Anya Alexander March 3, 2016

It’s a fact: The ability to read, and hit key proficiency benchmarks in elementary school, is the foundation of a quality education. But statistics indicate students in poor communities, and particularly African American and Latino boys, are struggling to build a knowledge base on sand.

CIS own Gary Chapman shares his thoughts with Jospeh Williams, editor at on the importance of breaking the link between dropout rates and literacy.

“It’s one of the early warning indicators,” said Gary Chapman, executive vice president for impact and operations for Communities in Schools, a national network of organizations committed to ending the dropout crisis. By the time they get to high school, “if kids are off-track in any of those areas, they’re much less likely to graduate.” 

“We find in so many ways it’s their lack of on-level reading abilities that’s driving their lack of interest in school,” he said. Now that the U.S. public school system is majority-minority and low-income, breaking the link between dropout rates and literacy is crucial, experts say.Read full article.