Tackle the Cleveland drop-out problem

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Partnership will try to tackle the Cleveland drop-out problem head-on by hosting an Open House for the New Drop Back-In Center.

WHAT: Hands-on experience for reporters to learn schools leveraging a unique partnership that reduces drop-outs and increases graduation rates, giving students a second chance at success


  • Students and parents who can demonstrate the value of the school's offerings, including one-on-one and group instruction, as well as online learning
  • Teachers who can share learning materials, curricula and new approaches
  • Board members who can discuss the history of the partnership
  • Alternatives Unlimited, EdisonLearning and Educational Resource Consultants of Ohio, Inc. representatives, who can review the details of the partnership

WHEN:  Thursday, August 26, 10:00 a.m.

WHERE: St. Helena's Catholic Church, 13540 Lorain Road

Two of the nation's leading education organizations – Alternatives Unlimited and EdisonLearning – have established dedicated "Drop Back-In" learning centers in Cleveland and Columbus. The two cities were targeted as the locations for the first Drop Back In Centers since both have the highest drop out rates in Ohio and are among the highest in the United States.

Nationwide, one in four students will not graduate high school. The new centers will allow high school dropouts from Cleveland and Columbus to complete their educations, earn their high school diplomas, and be prepared to either enter college or receive the necessary credentials to get a job upon graduation.

Alternatives Unlimited, a provider of high-quality, cost effective education support services to school districts throughout the United States, and EdisonLearning, one of the nation's leading education management organizations, partnering with charter schools and local districts are opening a total of eight Drop Back-In Centers – four each in Columbus and Cleveland.

All eight centers are located in neighborhood churches, and are authorized as charter schools to Education Resources Consultants of Ohio, an organization founded in 2005 that specializes in authorizing community schools.

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