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High School Dropouts

Reform in Texas Education: Why We So Desperately Need It

James Golsan | Posted 04.01.2013 | Education
James Golsan

Attempts to expand access to private schools are often viewed as an assault on public education. The reality is that private choice programs not only benefit participating students, but benefit the surrounding public school system as well.

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.

Top Reasons American Students Drop Out Of High School

Posted 11.15.2012 | Education

Absence of parental or educational support and becoming a parent are the two top reasons cited by respondents for dropping out of high school, accordi...

The 'Disappeared' of El Paso

Jason Stanford | Posted 12.26.2012 | Education
Jason Stanford

This is the worst testing scandal to come along under the high-stakes testing regime that rules our schools, but we have no right to act surprised. What happened in El Paso is not an aberration but an inevitable consequence of high-stakes standardized testing.

Scrutinizing Schooling

Kimberly Tan | Posted 12.25.2012 | Teen
Kimberly Tan

Perhaps education has been neglected because politicians don't believe in its value, or because the rise of corporations means the death of free expression and critical thinking that schools promote.

Mitt Romney, Single Parents and Gun Violence

Monique Ruffin | Posted 12.19.2012 | Black Voices
Monique Ruffin

When Mitt Romney speaks of single parents contributing to gun violence, I believe he is speaking to me, not to white, single parents whose suburb-dwelling kids have good schools and enthusiastic teachers.

Impulsive Behavior At The Root Of Youth Gun Violence

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 12.11.2012 | Chicago
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By: Robyn Gee Chicago just hit its 400th murder of 2012, according to the New York Times. The University of Chicago Crime Lab reports that more black...

Frontline's 'Dropout Nation' Shows What It Really Takes to Turn Around Schools

John Thompson | Posted 12.03.2012 | Education
John Thompson

PBS showed a reality that is lost on data-driven "reformers." Social scientists have documented the primary importance of socio-emotional factors and the need to build trust before academics can improve. And that takes patience.

Let's Expand Our Definition of Education After High School

Jeff Selingo | Posted 12.02.2012 | College
Jeff Selingo

After graduating from high school, he enrolled in Moberly Area Community College, a half-hour south of Macon. Two semesters later, the 28-year-old dropped out. His transcript was filled with A's, but he was bored in his classes.

Volunteers Go Door-To-Door Encouraging Teens To Return To School

Posted 10.01.2012 | Education

A group of 40 volunteers led by Orangeburg Consolidated School District 5 Superintendent Cynthia Wilson went door-to-door throughout the South Carolin...

Stunning Drop In Life Spans For Least Educated Americans

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 09.21.2012 | Business

In a stunning development, life expectancy for some Americans is actually declining. The life expectancy of white high school dropouts in the U.S. ...

Ending the Dropout Crisis: The Next Moon Shot

Michael Brown | Posted 11.12.2012 | Education
Michael Brown

Just 12 percent of America's high schools produce half of the nation's dropouts. For an education moon shot, improving the nation's chronically underperforming schools is where the Eagle has to land. And like the moon landing, it will take new technologies to solve the dropout crisis.

Is Education A Privilege For The Elite?

The Huffington Post | Samreen Hooda | Posted 08.30.2012 | Education

In June, Mitt Romney told Virginians on the campaign trail that he wanted "to make sure that we keep America a place of opportunity..." "...where e...

Louisiana School Changing Mandatory Pregnancy Test Policy

AP | JANET McCONNAUGHEY | Posted 08.08.2012 | Education

NEW ORLEANS -- A Louisiana charter school is changing a policy that kicked pregnant students out of class and required them to be home-schooled, the s...

Louisiana School Kicks Girls Out Who Test Positive On Mandatory Pregnancy Test

Posted 08.09.2012 | Education

One Louisiana public school's no-nonsense approach to preventing teen pregnancy is "in blatant violation of federal law and the U.S. Constitution," th...

Leaders Coming Together To Create Real Opportunities For Young Adults

Gerald Chertavian | Posted 10.06.2012 | Impact
Gerald Chertavian

Changing the game for our young adults, for our economy, and for our country as a whole will require a movement powered by Americans from all corners.

Unlikely Academic Overcame Obstacles, Now Helping Struggling Students

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 07.25.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. After her brother was killed by gunfire, and with no parents to turn to for help, Patrici...

Study Finds That Immigration Aids H.S. Graduation Rates For Native-Born Students

Posted 07.03.2012 | Education

Higher levels of immigration increased high-school graduation rates among native-born children, particularly among black students, according to econom...

College Board Sets Up 857 Desks On National Mall To Get Politicians Talking About Education

AP | SARAH PARNASS | Posted 08.19.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON — While schools across the country are letting out this week, class is in session on the National Mall. That is where the College Boa...

Failing Students At Rhode Island Middle School Allowed to Graduate

Posted 06.13.2012 | Education

Dozens of eighth graders at Rhode Island’s Calcutt Middle School who failed two to three of their core classes of math, science, English and social ...

Leave No Young Adult Behind

Paul Schmitz | Posted 08.08.2012 | Impact
Paul Schmitz

We need to provide opportunities for both those coming from our campuses and coming from our communities. There are solutions that cost tens of billions less than inaction.

Ensuring More Students Walk Across A Graduation Stage

Kevin Jennings | Posted 08.07.2012 | Impact
Kevin Jennings

Plain and simple, we're not graduating enough young people from high school and college in the United States. Barely two-thirds of today's high school students will graduate on time.

The 'Urban' Divide

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 08.06.2012 | Education
Adam Kirk Edgerton

I am constantly struck by how little time education reformers spend talking about students, and how much time they spend talking about adults.

Raising Expectations -- and the Dropout Age -- in Maryland

John Bridgeland | Posted 07.23.2012 | Education
John Bridgeland

Updates to compulsory school-age laws are not a single-stop solution to solving the dropout crisis. But they are an important strategic, economic and symbolic step that states can take.

Going Back to Cali: Story of an At-Risk Youth Turned Advocate

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 07.06.2012 | Black Voices
Rev. Romal J. Tune

As a teenager, I left California in order to escape a life of crime, death, or seemingly inevitable imprisonment. I recently returned to help a church raise money for their programs that keep kids in school and decrease the dropout rate through the Student SWAG program.