Sunday, March 18, 2012

AT&T to Donate $250 Million for High School Drop-Out Prevention

AT&T will donate $250 million over the next five years through an educational initiative aimed at promoting high school success and college/career readiness for students at-risk of dropping out.

Since 2008, the company has invested over $100 million in its AT&T Aspire program. Based on the success of the program in reversing the drop-out rate, AT&T is now launching the new quarter-billion-dollar campaign.

According to a March 19, 2012 report by Civic Enterprises, the Everyone Graduates Center, America's Promise Alliance and the Alliance for Excellent Education, Georgia has seen a 6.7 percentage increase in 2009 graduation rates, compared with data from 2002.

"It will take all of us working together and supporting educators' hard work to continue to improve graduation rates and preparedness for careers and college," said Sylvia Russell, AT&T Georgia State President. "American business has an enormous stake in the success of our students. It's time to commit more innovation and resources to the task."

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