As part of a national effort, New Orleans based public-television station WYES will air a special report tonight at 7 on what the state is doing to increase high-school graduation rates and prepare students for the workplace or college.

A live web-only panel discussion will take place at 7:30, and it can be seen here.

The 30-minute show, “American Graduate: Louisiana’s Future,” will be followed by the roundtable, which includes Lens editor Steve Beatty. He was the education editor at The Times-Picayune from 1996 until 2005.

Other panelists are Mat Schwarzman, director of the New Orleans Kids Partnership; Sherdren Burnside site director of College Track; David Durand, vice principal and NOLA Tech director at Clark High School; and Eve Troeh, news director at WWNO-FM. Marcia Kavanaugh will moderate.

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The show is part of a national campaign funded in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Tonight’s events are part of an education reporting initiative and public media partnership with WWNO-FM, the region’s National Public Radio station, made possible by Baptist Community Ministries.

Panel discussion, 7 p.m.