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Dropout Factories

High School Dropout Rates: A Crisis?

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 06.13.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

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...

Missouri's Gritty, Whatever It Takes Model

Kate Casas | Posted 01.27.2013 | Education
Kate Casas

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.

Turning Schools Around

Michael J. Brennan | Posted 10.28.2012 | Detroit
Michael J. Brennan

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.

The New Language of Furr

Gaston Caperton | Posted 08.06.2011 | Education
Gaston Caperton

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.

Fewer 'Dropout Factories' Nationally but Problems Remain

Sarah Butrymowicz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sarah Butrymowicz

The news isn't all good. Even with the number of dropout factories declining, 2.1 million students still attend them nationwide.

A Civic Marshall Plan

John Bridgeland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Bridgeland

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.

Meeting the Dropout Challenge

John Bridgeland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Bridgeland

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 to the Future in Education Reform

Faye Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Faye Anderson

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." Wi...