Leave No Adult Behind Program Could Help 30 Million Adults Earn High School Diplomas

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Liberty High School announced today the nationwide launch of Liberty High School Online as part of their Leave No Adult Behind program

Liberty High School has added a new online high school completion program, Liberty Online (http://www.libertyonline.us) as part of their Leave No Adult Behind program. Recognized and approved by the Vermont Board of Education, the online high school has all the subjects a student who left prior to graduation might need to earn a diploma.

“We’ve tried to make it as much like a real high school as we can. Even though it’s online, the students and teachers, who are all experienced high school teachers, interact as often as they need so students can succeed. The biggest difference is that it is geared for adults.” said Paul Zazzaro, Liberty High School Director. He added “Many of these students are now adults with families, jobs, other responsibilities. They understand what it meant to quit before graduation. We wanted to give them the chance to get back into the educational system. Getting a high school degree online is often the only way they can get a diploma.”

The Department of Education, the American Council on Education, and others estimate there are at least 1.3 million new dropouts every year. High school graduation peaked in 1969 at 77 percent, and has been dropping for past 37 years. In a recent study, conducted by Peter Hart Research Associates and commissioned by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, sixty percent of high school dropouts did not leave because they were failing. Almost all of them said they would return if they had the chance, according to John Bridgeland, one the report's authors and a former Bush administration domestic policy adviser.

According to David Grebow, CEO of KnowledgeStar, Inc. and one of the Liberty Online co-founders, “Liberty High School’s Leave No Adult Behind program tries to do for adults what the No Child Left Behind Act does for children. We wanted to make people aware that it’s not just children who are being left behind by the educational system.” Mr. Grebow added,” The US is now in 10th place in the world when it comes to high school completion rates. We cannot afford to simply forget about 30 million adults who don’t have a high school diploma. The Leave No Adult Behind program will require the same kind of resolve at the national level that the NCLB Act demonstrated.”

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