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Don't Call Them Dropouts

Jose Antonio Tijerino | Posted 08.09.2014 | Education
Jose Antonio Tijerino

No one should sit in judgment of the challenging choices many Americans have to make and the circumstances that lead them to leave school.

"What's in a Name?"

Dan Cardinali | Posted 08.05.2014 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

On the key issue of why a young person would leave school without a diploma, researchers found that 25 different factors were mentioned over and over again, with abuse, homelessness and time in juvenile detention topping the list.

20 Percent Of Teens Don't Graduate High School; Here's What Their Lives Are Like

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics

While the Department of Education touts research that American high schools have reached an 80 percent graduation rate, a new report out this week fro...

Do You Want the Good News Or...

Patrick Corvington | Posted 07.16.2014 | Education
Patrick Corvington

Pushing towards graduation is a worthy pursuit -- an important and achievable goal. And graduating 80 percent of kids on time -- phenomenal. But with these 12th grade math and reading scores, it does raise the question: What is the quality of these graduates?

What Is it About Disaster That Brings Out the Best in People?

Tracy Hoover | Posted 04.01.2014 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

Like many in Atlanta, I'm snowbound today. This week’s rare snowfall – a disabling two inches – hit our city and triggered a mas...

Central Truths, Learned on the Margins

Dan Cardinali | Posted 06.24.2013 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

What I've found over the years is that problems -- and solutions -- often look quite different on the periphery. For those of us at the "center" of society, the problems on the periphery can appear smaller because we are physically or psychologically removed from the fallout.

Renewing Our Vision for America's Children

Bruce Lesley | Posted 03.30.2013 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

What is needed is a new and fresh vision for change from our nation's leaders -- at all levels. And child advocates across this country must redouble their efforts to demand change and progress at the local, state, and national levels.

11 Of The Best U.S. Communities For LGBT Youth

Posted 09.12.2012 | Gay Voices

Each year America's Promise Alliance reveals the 100 Best Communities for Young People, as presented by ING. According to APA's website, the list i...

Graduation Rates Are Increasing, But Not Fast Enough for Latino Students

National Council of La Raza | Posted 05.30.2012 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

The message to federal policymakers should be clear. We need to maintain a strong focus on graduation rates; ten seats in every classroom is a terrible thing to waste.

U.S. Graduation Rate Makes Modest Gains As 'Dropout Factories' Decline

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 08.14.2012 | Education

HAGERSTOWN, Md. -- The last straw for 17-year-old Alton Burke was a note left on his door. The high school dropout picked up the phone and re-enrolled...

Counting Success One Student, One Community at a Time

Alma and Colin Powell | Posted 12.12.2011 | Education
Alma and Colin Powell

The volume of conversation about education has increased over the last few years, but what's often lost are the very real stories of the young people whose lives are impacted and the people and programs that are beating the odds.

Bringing Youth On Board

Alex Wirth | Posted 09.13.2011 | Impact
Alex Wirth

Youth serving organizations across the country don't have youth on their boards. They need to see the benefits and start bringing youth on board.

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...

Dispatch From 100 Black Men of America: A Crisis of Young Black Men in America

John Hope Bryant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
John Hope Bryant

I was honored to speak at the international conference of 100 Black Men of America, where this year's focus was on the topic of mentorship. This got me thinking about the skyrocketing high school dropout rate amongst our kids.