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High School Dropout Rate: Solutions for Success

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 06.01.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

This week I've been blogging about the bleak numbers that surround the national high school dropout rate and examining more closely the underlying cau...

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...

Why Aren't Minority High School Grads College-Ready?

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 06.07.2014 | Black Voices
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

When it comes to minorities who graduate high school and are ready for the rigor of college coursework, numbers are bleak.

My Country Has a 50% Dropout Rate and the Education Minister Has No Plan to Fix It

Vashthi Nepaul | Posted 04.05.2014 | Education
Vashthi Nepaul

Based off of the wealth of existing information, government could run pilot programs until they know what works best. Those programs can be rolled out in the areas that correspond with the prevalent risk factors. It will not be an easy process but it is the right thing to do.

Student Leaders Offer Simple Solutions to School Challenges

Kyle Redford | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Kyle Redford

At the heart of Peer Group Connection is a simple and compelling premise: caring school cultures can be created by students connecting to students in healthy and supportive ways.

Church Partnerships Working to Stop School-to-Prison Pipeline

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. Romal J. Tune

The school-to-prison pipeline is real, and as people of faith we have a responsibility to protect the dreams and futures of the most vulnerable among us -- our children.

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.

Drop Out or Opt Out? Let's Not Cop Out

Larry Strauss | Posted 09.01.2013 | Los Angeles
Larry Strauss

There is an epidemic in my city and probably yours too -- and I'm not too sure that the common core or any other standards are going to help: there are too many children out of school not doing much.

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.

Dropping In on Dropping Out: A Book Review

Zac Hill | Posted 05.04.2013 | Books
Zac Hill

There is something vaguely pyramid-scheme-feeling about a college dropout becoming successful by talking about how successful he's managed to be as a college dropout.

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.

Save Our Sons: A Call to Action

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 01.12.2013 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Those who are educated tend to give back to their community more than they take from it. With that being said, what can we surmise by what is happening in high schools around the nation, and especially in places like the Rochester Public School District? A lot!

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.

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...

S.C. Bill Denies High School Dropouts, Truants Of Driver's Licenses

Posted 03.06.2012 | Education

Playing hooky? Fine, but South Carolina students shouldn't expect to be doing it while cruising around town. Under a bill advanced last week by a ...

California Schools Establish 'Early Warning System' To Identify Potential Dropouts

| Matthew Rosin and Sue Frey | Posted 05.05.2012 | Education

This story comes to us courtesy of California's EdSource Extra. Some school districts in California are working to establish an "early warning syst...

Philadelphia High School Dropouts And The Job Market: No Diploma, No Job

| Benjamin Herold | Posted 04.08.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of a partnership between the Philadelphia Public School Notebook, WHYY/NewsWorks, American Graduate: Let's Make it Hap...

WATCH: Student Journalist Investigates High School Dropout Crisis

| Posted 01.31.2012 | Home

"I'm dropping out" are words spoken by roughly a quarter of American high school students. Every nine seconds, an American high school student beco...

President Obama's Plan to Raise the School Dropout Age Will Not Work

Franklin Schargel | Posted 08.14.2012 | Education
Franklin Schargel

Simply mandating that young people remain in school without addressing the causes for their leaving will accomplish little.

Hispanic Students Have Highest High School Dropout Rates

Posted 11.16.2011 | Latino Voices

Utah's State Office of Education is concerned about the growing number of dropouts in the state's high schools, the largest percentage of which are Hi...

WATCH: John Legend Joins Forces With Education Advocacy Group

Posted 01.15.2012 | Education

Music artist John Legend has joined nonprofit development and training organization Stand for Children to support a movement working toward improved p...

Dropout Rates For Minority And Poor Students Disproportionately High

The Huffington Post | Emmeline Zhao | Posted 02.14.2012 | Education

Debate over the No Child Left Behind revision continues on the Senate floor as lawmakers attempt to find middle ground on how the education law should...

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.