Want More College Students to Graduate? Fix the High Schools.
When Antwan Wilson, who resigned as chancellor of the Washington, D.C., public schools in February, skirted the local school-lottery system in an ill-fated effort to get his daughter into a top D.C. high school instead of a "low performing" neighborhood school, he exposed a painful truth: Too many public high schools are failing, especially those serving low-income students of color. The chancellor lost his job, but the students in such schools are losing much more. These are the very students who, if they enroll in college, are most likely to drop out before completing degrees.
Originally published: April 12, 2018
Author: Patricia McGuire
Institution: Trinity Washington University
Published by: The Chronicle of Higher Ed