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High School Dropouts

The Civility of David Broder

John Bridgeland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
John Bridgeland

David was such a fine human being who valued civility in public discourse and had a rare ability to clarify issues and marshal relevant facts in an unemotional manner to support his judgments.

Crossing the Finish Line: Helping Our Students through the Race

Gordon Campbell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Gordon Campbell

Researchers have found that high absence rates and falling off track in terms of credit accumulation are strong predictors of dropping out.

Flavor Flav Goes Back To High School?

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

CLINTON, Iowa — Now he's opened his first chicken restaurant in Iowa, rapper Flavor Flav would like to earn his high school diploma in the state...

Rein in Spending, Ramp Up Service

John Bridgeland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Bridgeland

Last night, two hundred students at an "Active Citizens Conference" at the College of William and Mary reminded me once again of the value of national service and our country's investment in it.

Arts Education = Safer Schools and More Prosperous Communities

Kristen Paglia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Kristen Paglia

This week my kids' public elementary school, a high performing school in a "good" neighborhood, was in lockdown (again) for violent intruders on campu...

Remote Island School A Beacon For Wayward Teens

AP | MARTHA IRVINE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

BEAVER ISLAND, Mich. — This school isn't a place you end up by accident. A small propeller plane flight or a two-hour ferry ride into the north...

No School, No Jobs -- Take the Leap With 20 Under 20!

Danny Wong | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Danny Wong

Co-founder of PayPal, Peter Thiel, is encouraging going cold turkey. Instead of fighting the war against drug addiction, the vice here is conservatism, being ordinary and taking the safe route in life.

A Marshall Plan for Education Reform

JD Hoye | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
JD Hoye

It is time to set agendas aside, place students and their success as our primary driver and invite the larger community to the table for the sake of tomorrow's economy.

A Civic Marshall Plan for a Grad Nation: A Role for Volunteers?

Shirley Sagawa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Shirley Sagawa

Having a sense of purpose is also a key ingredient for student success. If students can connect what they are learning to a positive future for themselves they are far more likely to do what it takes to succeed in school.

From Dropout Nation to Graduation Nation?

John Merrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Merrow

We have 15 million high school students, but about one million drop out every year. Today's report from America's Promise indicates that some progress has been made, but not enough.

Report: 'Dropout Factories' On The Decline In America

AP | DORIE TURNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

ATLANTA — The number of so-called "dropout factory" high schools in the United States has declined since 2002, translating into at least 100,000...

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.

National Dropout Rates Decreasing, Study Finds

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Low graduation rates have long been a topic on the national radar. According to a new report entitled "Building A Grad Nation," American schools may ...

National Crisis: Black Boys Failing

Mike Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Mike Green

The crisis pointed to by the Council of Great City Schools has a reverberating impact upon the future of Black America and our ability to be productive and competitive in the Age of Innovation.

Getting the Public to Care About K-12 Public Education (VIDEO)

Peggy Conlon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Peggy Conlon

Our challenge is this: How can you drill down an incredibly complicated issue -- education -- to a simple message that motivates the average American to do something? And what's the something?

Enlisting Armies of Compassion to Close the College Gap

John Bridgeland | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
John Bridgeland

A college education is the key to unlocking more economic progress and help is on the way from a powerful sector in America -- faith-based institutions.

Indiana Charter Flooded With Dropouts Who Want A Second Chance

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Indianapolis' Excel Center set its enrollment at 200 students when it opened its doors this fall to give high school dropouts another opportunity to e...

How Seniors can save American Education and the Economy

Bernard Starr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Bernard Starr

Seniors embody a vast reservoir of skills, talent and wisdom that we gratuitously salute but do not harness for productive roles. How can seniors save American education and insure a 21st century-ready workforce?

A Personal Investment In Public Education: I Pay My Taxes, Isn't That Enough?

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Lisa Kaas Boyle

I encourage my fellow Americans, regardless of your parental status or direct utilization of our tax supported public educational system, to consider making a personal commitment to public education in your community.

Why I Serve

Stephen Salinas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Stephen Salinas

At 21, after becoming the first in my family to graduate from college, I decided to dedicate a year of my life to serving my community.

What Can't be Said Today

Bob Bowdon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Bob Bowdon

In education these days, it's only politically acceptable to discuss how much is spent, not how well it's spent.

At the Starting Line With Race to the Top

Ray Suarez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ray Suarez

By Ray Suarez On its face, it seems simple enough: Get states to compete with each other for enhanced funding for education from the federal governme...

Time to Write a New Chapter for Chicago Public Schools

Lorraine Forte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Lorraine Forte

The next schools CEO should be someone who understands the puzzle at ground level. That's something Daley's hand-picked CEOs haven't brought to the table.

Rather than Race to the Top, We Should Have Started Fixing Education There

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Brian Ross

The Obama Administration launched a barrage of carrots under Race to the Top, when they should have started with a stick to beat America's Colleges an...

Troubled Waters In California: Unbalanced Scales of Justice

James Bell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Bell

As we acknowledge the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy from the March on Washington, it is hard to resist the meta...