95 percent of ancient Ohio was forested. But centuries ago there were also small regions of prairie. Tall grasses and wildflowers were part of the prairie ecology and so were bison. Researchers near Columbus are trying to reestablish a prairie / bison ecosystem.
American Graduate: Part 1
High school graduation rates have a direct link to the economy. By the latest calculation, dropouts from the class of 2008 will cost Ohio almost 9.8 billion in lost wages over their lifetimes. A panel of community stakeholders analyzed the implications of dropping out and highlights local initiatives to help students finish school at a forum, “American Graduate.”
- James Moore III, Professor of Counseling Education at the Ohio State University and the Co-director of the AT&T Success Centers, which help high risk 9th graders at Linden McKinley and South High School in Columbus
- Steve Votaw, the Executive Director of Learn4Life Columbus, which addresses nonacademic barriers to student success
- Attorney Frederick Ransier III, who heads the advisory committee of the Near East Side Redevelopment Partnership that is working to revitalize the neighborhood surrounding University Hospital East
- Barbara Siemer, the founder of the Siemer Institute for Family Stability, which helps families at risk of homelessness stay in their homes and keep kids in their current schools
- Keith Bell, the Chief Academic Officer of Columbus City Schools.
American Graduate is part of a national initiative launched by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to improve high school graduation rates and help stop the damaging school trend of school dropoutsâ€”estimated to be more than a million students a year.