Monday, January 29, 2007

David Shi Reports on Successful Grass Roots Program to Improve Public Education

This week, Furman President David Shi reports on a successful grass root program to improve K-12 public education in South Carolina.
Bridges to a Brighter Future is an academic and social enrichment program focused on high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Its objective is simple: to help promising high school students who struggle against significant financial, personal, and cultural barriers earn a diploma and enroll in college.

Since its inception in 1996, the Bridges program has had remarkable success. While every one of the racially and ethnically diverse students has an annual family income of less than $35,000, all of the program participants have graduated from high school, and 90 percent have enrolled in college.
David's report inspired the question of the week.

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