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By The Skanner News | The Skanner News
Published: 26 May 2010

We now know that about a third of students leave Portland Public Schools without a diploma. For students of color, the rate of dropout is even higher.
The Urban Institute is holding a webinar in Washington, D.C. to discuss the Black/White divide after high school. You can listen to the archival audio of "Pounding the Pavement, Hitting the Books: the Black/White Divide After High School" by registering for free here.
Panelists include:
• Linda Harris, director of youth policy, Center for Law and Social Policy; former director, BaltimoreÂ's Office of Employment Development
• Harry Holzer, Institute fellow, Urban Institute; coauthor, Reconnecting Disadvantaged Young Men; former chief economist, U.S. Department of Labor
• Marla McDaniel, research associate, Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population, Urban Institute
• Margaret Simms, Institute fellow and director of the Low-Income Working Families project, Urban Institute (moderator)
• William Spriggs, assistant secretary for policy, U.S. Department of Labor
"This forum will provide a first look at the Institute's new findings on how Black and White youth fare in their quest for job or educational security. It will probe the implications for young men and women, the American economic and educational systems, the organizations that seek to help young people make a successful transition to adulthood, and public policies crafted in Washington and state capitals."

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