Adult Ed For Teens

Mar 15, 2012

Thousands of teens are leaving traditional high school in Connecticut and opting for adult education programs instead.

These programs have more flexible hours and fewer requirements for graduation, allowing students - in some cases - to finish school more quickly.

But there are complicated reasons why some teens are taking this opportunity.  One is that some low-performing students - or those with troubled pasts - are being “pushed out” of the traditional school system...and there aren’t always spaces in “alternative” schools.

Today, where we live, we’ll follow up on our WNPR series about kids who are leaving the school system, but not necessarily “dropping out”.  

We’ll talk about a report that shined light on a population of “invisible students.”  And, we’ll take a look at what kind of education teens are getting when they opt for classes meant for adults.  Are they getting the same opportunities as their peers?

We’ll also look at a new, national model for adult ed.

This episode originally aired on March 15, 2012.