It seems that the phrase "high school dropout" is often accompanied with the word "crisis." Depending who you ask, kids everywhere are giving up on ed...
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Shearwater is identifying children who were thrown away by broken systems, and giving them the grit and determination to metaphorically clean themselves off and try again.
On a daily basis, our kids and therefore our schools face an onslaught of challenges stemming from the ravishing effects of poverty and the culture of violence in the neighborhoods around them.
Last month I visited Furr High School in Houston and met Dr. Bertie Simmons, the woman almost single-handedly responsible for Furr's dramatic turnaround.
The news isn't all good. Even with the number of dropout factories declining, 2.1 million students still attend them nationwide.
Every student should have a chance at the American dream and the education required to achieve it. We now know who the potential dropouts are. With a focused response, we can ensure that they succeed.
It is this process of discovery that will propel our efforts to ensure all students get the education they deserve -- and help the nation compete in the global economy.
Back in the day, schoolchildren celebrated the end of the school year by singing, "No more pencils. No more books. No more teachers' dirty looks."
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