Don’t know how I missed this one… I definitely never received press materials from the Department of Education. With such a high-profile, openly gay man working in the Obama Administration, you’d think the department or United Way might take the time to reach out to LGBT press from his neck of the woods. Think again.
The Winston-Salem Journal reports on Kevin Jennings appearance at the annual meeting of the United Way of Forsyth County:
Jennings, who grew up in Winston-Salem and Lewisville, spoke to more than 200 people who attended the 2010 annual meeting of the United Way of Forsyth County. Jennings, 47, is the director the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools within the education department.
The high-school dropout rate is also troubling, he said.
One in four students drop out of American high schools, Jennings said. High-school dropouts earn three times less money than college graduates, live shorter lives than college graduates and are six times more likely to have seriously ill children than college graduates.
Jennings attended Mount Tabor High School until he and his mother moved to Hawaii, where he graduated from high school. He later received a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a master’s degree in business administration from New York University.
Jennings founded the Gay and Lesbian Independent School Teachers Education Network in 1990. The organization later changed its name to the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.