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Franklin Schargel
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Franklin P. Schargel is a former classroom teacher, school counselor and school administrator who implemented an improvement process for his inner-city school which dramatically increased parental involvement, increased post-secondary school attendance and significantly lowered the dropout rate. Mr. Schargel is an internationally recognized speaker and author of eleven books and over 100 published articles dealing with school reform and dropout prevention. He has delivered workshops dealing with dropout prevention, leadership, in forty-nine states and nine countries. The U.S. Department of Education, Business Week, Fortune Magazine, National Public Radio (NPR), Public Broadcasting System (PBS) and The New York Times have recognized Mr. Schargel’s work. He has received the Crystal Star Award from the National Dropout Prevention Center for Dropout Recovery, Intervention and Prevention as well as being recognized by the International Association for Intervention and Dropout Prevention.
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Bullying: What Schools, Parents and Students Can Do

(1) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 10:59 PM

Can you remember the schoolyard jingle that went, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me"? Obviously that was not and is not the truth. The death of Rebecca Ann Sedwick, a 12-year-old 7th grader who took her life last month in Polk County Florida...

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The Real Reasons Children Drop Out of School

(1) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 2:43 PM

The Huffington Post recently ran an article entitled, "America's School Dropout Epidemic By The Numbers" about America's dropout problem. I would like to add my opinions about why children drop out of school. I am a professional educator who served as a classroom teacher, school counselor and school...

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When Teachers Fail: Who Should Be Held Responsible?

(16) Comments | Posted March 9, 2012 | 4:12 PM

Hunting season has begun and educators are the targets.

Governors, state legislatures, and the United States Department of Education want to hold educators responsible for low school performance. But are they the only ones? Unfortunately, there is enough guilt to go around.

Let's start with politicians who underfund education...

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President Obama's Plan to Raise the School Dropout Age Will Not Work

(11) Comments | Posted January 29, 2012 | 4:29 PM

President Obama, in his State of the Union Address, called for every state to require students to stay in school until they turn 18.

I have mixed feelings about this proposal. I believe all students should stay in school until they graduate. I understand the reasons for the president's...

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What Is the Purpose of Testing?

(7) Comments | Posted November 1, 2011 | 12:31 PM

No Child Left Behind and the Obama's Administration "Race to the Top" brought us many things including high stakes testing or what I call gates examinations -- pass the test and you go through the gate, fail it and you do not. But the question of testing needs to answer...

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Will the Last Teacher to Leave the School, Turn Out the Lights!

(20) Comments | Posted September 29, 2011 | 4:30 PM

I was raised to believe that one of the key foundations for America's success was our nation's desire and ability to educate all people who came to this shore. It mattered little if they spoke the language, knew the culture, if they were poor or rich. In fact if you...

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What's Driving Educational Reform in America?

(13) Comments | Posted September 23, 2011 | 5:37 PM

The release of "A Nation at Risk", in 1983 declared, "If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war." Since its release, various constituencies have requested, and in some cases,...

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America's Next Educational Crisis

(17) Comments | Posted July 1, 2011 | 12:51 PM

High-quality teachers are critical to accelerating student achievement.
--Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education

Leadership is second only to classroom instruction among all school related factors that contribute to what students learn at school.
--How Leadership Influences Student Learning, 2005, Wallace Foundation

America faces...

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Who Will Teach the Children?

(29) Comments | Posted April 12, 2011 | 8:32 PM

Why would anyone want to become a teacher? Aside from low pay, poor working conditions, low social status, having to pay for their own office supplies, and being held singly responsible for the failure of hundreds of thousands of young people and the failure of keeping America globally competitive, they...

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"Waiting for Superman" Doesn't Have Any Magic Bullets

(6) Comments | Posted March 21, 2011 | 3:22 PM

The release of the DVD of Waiting for Superman means that many more people will see this excellently made propaganda film extolling the virtues of charter schools.

There isn't any argument that education in America needs to be improved. Politicians on all sides of the spectrum agree. The discussion...

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Scapegoating Educators

(2) Comments | Posted March 9, 2011 | 12:18 PM

Hunting season has begun and educators are the targets.

The governors of Wisconsin, Florida, New Jersey, and Ohio and now the mayor of Providence, Rhode Island have determined that educators and public education make highly visible, easy to attack victims. They are attempting to balance their budgets on the backs...

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