3BL Blogs: Michelle Rhee: Partnering with City Year DC to Tackle Dropout "Catastrophe"

Aug 5, 2009 10:30 AM ET

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A CSR Blog Written and Submitted by Alice Korngold

DC's public school system has 45,000 students and an abysmal dropout rate of about 50%, typical of large cities. With a goal to remedy this dropout "catastrophe" (Gen. Colin Powell's term), while being constrained by a tight economy, DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee is looking to- in her words - "leverage opportunities for the greatest change."

To this end, Rhee believes that one of the best investments that DC Public Schools (DCPS) has made in the past year is its partnership with City Year DC. In 2008/09, City Year corps members proved themselves in a pilot program in 4 of the Washington's most challenging elementary schools.

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