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MY TURN: Helping high school dropout rate

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(WMC-TV) - Shelby County has the highest high school dropout rate in the state. More than 7,000 Mid-South teens drop out of high school every year. The day they drop out, their job prospects diminish greatly. So, hats off to Goodwill Industries for its plan to open a charter school In Memphis for the specific purpose of helping dropouts earn a high school diploma.

The plan here is modeled after a similar, successful program in Indianapolis. For the students who enroll, the proposed school would offer not a GED certificate, but an actual high school diploma. Goodwill Industries plans to run the school using a combination of public and private funds, but tuition will be free for the students. Goodwill leaders anticipate opening the school in a temporary location in 2015 and then moving to the Sears Crosstown complex when it opens in 2016. Congratulations to the Goodwill people here and in Indiana for having the vision to develop this program. It seems like a great solution to a real problem we have here.

That's my turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment or anything else, email yourturn@wmctv.com or call 800-465-1210.

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