10/2011 - Dropout Dilemma: Louisiana’s Education Crisis

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Dropout Dilemma: Louisiana’s Education Crisis
1. How important do you feel it is for students to graduate from high school?
2. How important to you is the issue of the high-school dropout rate?
3. In your opinion, do high schools in the state of Louisiana do a good job of preparing children for the real world?
4. In your opinion, do high schools in the state of Louisiana do a good job encouraging students to graduate?
5. In your opinion, what is the main reason students drop out?
(Check all that apply)
6. In your opinion, who is primarily responsible for DECREASING the high-school dropout rate?
7. In your opinion, what level of government should hold responsibility for getting students to graduate high school?
8. Based upon your opinion, rank the following options from least effective to most effective as tools for increasing high school graduation rates.
Least Effective
Psych Counselors
Involving the Parents
Truancy Enforcement Through Officers and Fines.
Offering More Career Track Diplomas
Enhance the Connection Between School and Employment
Lowering Standards For Graduation
Early Childhood Education/Outreach
Hiring Better Teachers
Eliminating Teacher Tenure
Anti-pregnancy Campaigns
9. Would you be willing to fund programs to decrease dropout rates via an increase in your taxes?
10. Based upon your opinion, rank the following actions by state government from least important to most important in decreasing Louisiana’s dropout rate.
Least ImportantMost Important
Invest in Prevention
Invest in Alternative Programs
Invest in Re-engaging Dropouts
11. In 2009, state policy-makers passed legislation to create an alternative Career Diploma pathway for students, with the goal of improving Louisiana’s graduation rate. The Career Diploma curriculum option carries less stringent graduation requirements.

Before taking this survey were you aware of this program?
12. Do you feel this program could effectively curb the dropout rate in Louisiana?
13. Do you feel this program will lower, raise, or have no effect on education standards in Louisiana?
14. In your opinion are high school drop-out rates higher in rural or urban areas?
15. In your opinion what risk factors make a kid more likely to drop out?
16. Do you think identifying risk factors early-on in a child’s education and developing programs for those kids would help?
17. In your opinion when should kids be targeted with anti-drop-out programs?
18. When teaching high school students, in your opinion what’s more important: well-rounded academic skills, or specific job training skills?
19. Are you aware of the TOPS program in Louisiana?
20. In your opinion is a person a high school dropout if they have their GED?
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