The Best of Our Knowledge # 936
Albany, NY – DOLORES HUERTA: EDUCATOR AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZER -
The high school dropout crisis is a familiar them on this program. Now, comes this report from California. A new statewide count of high school dropouts, based on the tracking of individual students, shows significantly higher numbers than had earlier been reported. The California Department of Education says fully one in four high school students fail to graduate with their class. That nearly doubles the previous dropout rate from last year.
It didn't take us long to find a teacher and community organizer in that state to talk with us about educational problems. Dolores Huerta is President of her own Dolores Huerta Foundation, which operates many successful education programs. She was recently on the Board of Regents for the University of California system. She serves on the boards of the Feminist Majority, and People for the American Way. Dolores Huerta may be most famous for co-founding the United Farm Workers Union back in 1962 with Cesar Chavez,
which practically makes her a living legend.
Glenn Busby reports. (4:08)
**(Program Directors and Listeners please note. If you would like more information about the Dolores Huerta Foundation, the website we mentioned at the end of the story above is: www.doloreshuerta.org.)**
GOING GREEN: THE EDIBLE SCHOOLYARD -
While we're in California, let's pay a visit to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School in Berkeley. That school, in collaboration with The Edible Schoolyard, is providing urban public school students with a one-acre organic garden and a kitchen classroom. TBOOK finds the school has added sustainable growing and healthy eating to its list of priorities and curricula.
Rebecca Berlin reports. (6:09)
**(Program Directors and Listeners please note. The website mentioned at the conclusion of this story is www.edibleschoolyard.org .)**
GOING GREEN: SCHOOL CAFETERIAS EMBRACE LOCAL FOOD -
Buy locally has become a battle cry for food buffs, farmers, and environmentalists. More and more schools, universities and other institutions with cafeterias, are by-passing processed foods from multinational corporations. Instead, they're buying food from local farmers. Advocates say the food tastes better, and they're finding students sometimes ask for apples and tomatoes, instead of candy and chips.
Julie Grant reports from the Great Lakes Radio Consortium. (3:53)
GOING GREEN: HIGHER ENERGY COSTS COULD DRIVE MORE WOMEN INTO SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING GREEN JOBS -
Speaking of green as we've been previously in this show, rising energy costs and concerns about the environment are providing a boost for more future green careers.
TBOOK spoke with two women who are helping guide girls and young women into the field through science and engineering. Carrie Majeskie is in the Sustainability Division of Ford Motor Company, and Susan LaFoss operates a Math and Science Matters program in Dutchess County, New York.
Susan Barnett reports. (4:25)