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Wednesday, 12 December 2012 01:19

Home Grown Solutions Summit Draws Large Crowd at Chicago Union League

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On December 10, 2012, Alternative Schools Network (ASN) assembled a policy forum at the Union League Club of Chicago with more than 300 policy leaders and re-enrolled youth.  At the forum, a new report, commissioned by ASN and prepared by the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University, was released.

Titled “High School Dropouts in Chicago and Illinois and Their Persistent Labor Market Problems,” the report found that Latino dropouts have seen their economic potential wane even more quickly than any other demographic.  Male Latinos, in particular have seen joblessness rise and wages fall in the city, region, and state – even as Latino voting power continues to rise.  

The report’s findings and solutions for re-enrolling youth at the state, county, and city level was the subject of the policy forum. Keynote speakers included Illinois State Senate President John Cullerton, Illinois General Assembly Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie, CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, State Council Chair and Chicago Board of Education  member Jesse Ruiz, and Urban League President and CEO Andrea  Zopp, also a Board of Education member.  

A panel discussion moderated by WTTW-TV Chicago Tonight correspondent Elizabeth Brackett featured a representative from Youth Connection Charter School; Matthew Rodriguez, Principal, Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School; Juan Salgado, President & CEO, Instituto del Progreso Latino; Myra Sampson, Principal, CCA Academy; Jack Wuest, Executive Director, ASN; and Keisha Davis-Johnson, Principal, West Town Academy. In addition, students from many of our member schools participated in the forum by sharing their experiences as students enrolled in ASN high schools.


The full report is available for  download at our website: http://www.asnchicago.org/images/stories/news/HSDLM_Report120412.pdf

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