American Graduate Champion: Nancy Cantu

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

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Today’s champion is Nancy Cantu! Nancy Cantu is a teacher in Kyle, Texas. She is an inspiring person and carries her inspiring nature throughout her life. “She is a role model that inspires me to be a better person,” her nomination form said. “She is a champion because she is a great mother, friend, and person.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Jonathan Lopez

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

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Today’s champion is Jonathan Lopez! Jonathan Lopez is a student in Kyle, Texas. He is a member of the Kyle Area Youth Advisory Council (KAYAC). “This young man has been there for me since elementary school and has always been very supportive to me and everyone else,” his nomination form said. “Everyone will be able to have hope for the future of our world knowing good people still exist like my best friend.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

New Data on National Graduation Rates Point to Need for Community-based Solutions to Dropout Crisis

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New data on high school graduation rates released today by the U.S. Department of Education underscore the continued need for innovative, community-based solutions highlighted by American Graduate, a local/national public media initiative focused on improving high school graduation rates.

The Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics today showed that the graduation rate for the nation’s class of 2014 reached a record high 82 percent, an increase of 1 percentage point from the class of 2013’s graduation rate.

Graduation rates for several student demographics rose as well from the class of 2013 to the class of 2014, except for American Indian and Alaskan Native students, for whom rates remained virtually flat. But significant gaps remain, particularly between white students and their black and Hispanic counterparts, and economically disadvantaged students.TX-Austin-Round Rock_2015

American Graduate, public media’s long-term commitment to supporting community-based solutions to improving high school graduation rates, funded in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, has been showcasing ways in which communities can prepare more youth for success in the 21st century workplace since 2009. Learn more about KLRU’s American Graduate work including sharing stories of local educational champions making a difference in our community at klru.org/americangraduate.

American Graduate Champion: Maria Nesloney

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

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Today’s champion is Maria Nesloney! Maria Nesloney is a Language Arts teacher in Rockport, Texas. She is a helpful teacher with good advice. “She was always my go to listener. She gives the best advice. Without having met her, my life would be completely different. I am happy to have met her,” her nomination form said.

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Jacob Aguirre

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

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Today’s champion is Jacob Aguirre! Jacob Aguirre is a student in Kyle, Texas at a Hays County Independent School District school. “They work hard,” his nomination form said. “Others need to work hard too.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Tracy Niemann

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

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Today’s champion is Tracy Niemann! Tracy Niemann is a stay-at-home mom in Kyle, Texas. She is a hard worker dedicated to her family. “She is a dedicated and determined woman who has always put her family before herself in times of either financial or educational issues,” her nomination form said. “Her story is one of a common woman and how despite the thousands of challenges that have confronted her she’s always managed to overcome them.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Kaelynn Bowers

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

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Today’s champion is Kaelynn Bowers! Kaelynn Bowers is a student in Buda, Texas. She is good with kids and strives to inspire her sisters. “She is a strong individual that can push through any situation she is put through and inspires others and sets good examples for her little sisters,” her nomination form said.

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

KLRU’s Work Impacted by New Every Student Succeeds Act

Today President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act, the first major national education overhaul since the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act in 2001. KLRU’s Educational Services work is impacted in two specific ways by the passage of this law.

First, the ESSA Act includes funding for Ready to Learn, the PBS Kids endeavor which leads to the production of high-quality educational shows, apps, online games, and additional resources, and which includes funds for KLRU and 10 other stations nationwide to pilot implementation and distribution of these assets.

Second, one of the new features of the ESSA is that high schools must use graduation rates as one of several measures of progress. KLRU is a participant in the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate initiative, and as such, we have been working over the last two years to assemble a body of knowledge and resources about how to enable more students to stay in school and graduate, especially in those schools and among demographic groups with chronically high dropout rates.

In fact, tonight at 5:30 pm, KLRU is taping a student town hall, in which we have gathered well over 100 middle and high school youth for a televised forum on their perspectives on key issues – what challenges do they face on the road toward high school graduation, what resources have they found meaningful, and where do we adults continue to miss opportunities to support them in their journeys? You can RSVP for this event here. Plan to watch Stop The Drop: Engaging Students In Their Futures on December 17 at 9pm.

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American Graduate Champion: Patricia V. Jones

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

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Today’s champion is Patricia V. Jones! Patricia V. Jones is an elementary school counselor and single mother in Kyle, Texas. She supports her family and works while maintaining involvement with the Hays High School band. She was the first of her family to graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Trinity University and a master’s degree from St. Mary’s University. Jones is also a two-time breast cancer survivor. “By turning her past obstacles into lessons, she gives her heart to kids who need her help. Whether it’s words of encouragement to send you to class, a bold statement to protect you from harm, no words at all to help you relax or a nice lunch in her room simply to make you smile, she will provide it. I have yet to meet someone who works this hard solely for the betterment of those around her. She teaches that, no matter how bleak a situation may seem, it can always be turned into an opportunity for doing good,” her nomination form said.

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Catherine Changos

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

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Today’s champion is Catherine Changos! Catherine Changos is a young person from Buda, Texas. She practices photography and works hard. “She is [an] amazing person and she will inspire others,” her nomination form said.

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.