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Dropout Epidemic

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...

A Stronger Grad Nation

John Bridgeland | Posted 09.20.2013 | Impact
John Bridgeland

Our challenges haven't disappeared. If anything, they've become more urgent, and if not addressed, will affect millions of young people, society, and our economy.

Corporate Civic Engagement Goes Big: Thousands of Comcast Volunteers Unite to Revitalize Communities

Michael Brown | Posted 06.26.2013 | Impact
Michael Brown

On Saturday, April 27, more than 70,000 volunteers in cities from Boston to Los Angeles, will pick up their paintbrushes and hammers for a remarkable day of service, Comcast Cares Day. It is the nation's largest single-day corporate volunteer effort and a model of how a company can give back to its community.

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.

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...

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.

There Is Something About El Sistema

John M. Eger | Posted 06.02.2012 | Arts
John M. Eger

El Sistema, which doesn't translate well, means simply "the system," a system for giving young, usually poor kids, a chance on living. At first glance it's about music. Getting young people to play an instrument, then joining an orchestra. It is that for sure, but so much more.

Is the Church Saving Souls and Losing Students?

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 05.21.2012 | Education
Rev. Romal J. Tune

Churches and other communities of faith in cities where the dropout rates are fifty percent or higher must recognize that students in our congregations are not exempt from this crisis.

Obama's Call to Action: Political Theatrics or Authentic School Reform?

Laura McNeal | Posted 04.07.2012 | Education
Laura McNeal

Obama's proposal sends an important message to youths and their families: "You are no longer invisible. We see you, we invest in you and we expect you to contribute in a positive way to yourself and to your future."

Raising the Dropout Age

John Bridgeland | Posted 08.16.2012 | Education
John Bridgeland

There are no silver bullets to solve the dropout crisis and blunt instruments often go too far. But when President Obama in his State of the Union address urged states to raise the legal dropout age, we cheered.

Zero "Zero Tolerance": Ending the Real Debt Crisis

Fagan Harris | Posted 10.04.2011 | Black Voices
Fagan Harris

The twin threats of mass incarceration and epidemic dropout rates amongst black Americans pose an unparalleled challenge to the country as a whole.

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.

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.

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.

Is the Wait for 'Superman' Over?

Jasmine Boussem | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jasmine Boussem

The superheroes of education all demonstrate an enormous capacity for hard work, determination and resilience -- and this is not always enough.

Teachers on America's Schools

John Bridgeland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
John Bridgeland

No constituency is more vital in meeting the challenge to increase high school graduation rates and reform public schools than our nation's teachers.

Thousands of Kids Drop Out of High School Daily - How Are We Going to Solve the Problem?

Esther Wojcicki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Esther Wojcicki

Almost fifty percent of students in the fifty largest American cities drop out of high school. In some cities, there is over a seventy percent drop out rate. One consequence is an increase in crime and the prison rate.

The Single Best, Most Indispensable Essay on Reforming Education

Dan Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Brown

We need to understand what pushes these young people out the door, and we need to provide more substantive intervention to more students sooner.

A Scandal More Shameful than AIG and Just as Costly for Taxpayers

Keli Goff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Keli Goff

We should be treating America's dropout epidemic with the same measure of urgency, outrage and activism that has spurred us to tackle drunk driving, AIDS Awareness, and even climate change.