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GOP Gov: High Schools Should Pay For Graduates' Remedial College Classes

Posted 07.27.2012 | Education

Maine Gov. Paul LePage thinks school districts should be responsible for their graduates' remedial courses in college. So in a plan to improve educ...

Infographic Highlights America's Low Graduation Rate, Unemployment Problems

Posted 06.26.2012 | Education

An infographic released by Civitas Learning -- a recently-launched company that uses data analytics to improve academic outcomes in higher education -...

Why College Students Don't Borrow Enough

The Atlantic | Jordan Weissmann | Posted 06.13.2012 | Money

After the months of teeth gnashing and media panic over America's ballooning student debt burden, what I'm about to suggest will strike some readers a...

It's the End of the School Year -- Have Pity

Larry Strauss | Posted 08.12.2012 | Education
Larry Strauss

This time of year, I always get asked to give students a D instead of an F. "He already got into college! What a shame if he couldn't go," I'm told. Yes, but it's also a shame if he goes and doesn't succeed because we never held him accountable.

From a Tragedy, a Path Forward: A Youth Ambassador Speaks Out

Brittany Woods | Posted 07.21.2012 | College
Brittany Woods

Students knew my name because it was whispered beneath their breath in class. And I became the center of attention because I was considered "the girl who cried rape."

Educating Our Way Out of the Economic Crisis

John Bridgeland | Posted 08.14.2012 | Education
John Bridgeland

The state of our economy -- with high unemployment, a looming fiscal crisis, a growing skills gap, and sticky ladder of social mobility -- rightfully preoccupies our national dialogue. One solution is clear -- we need to educate our way out of the economic crisis.

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...

The Rules of the Game

The Cavalier Daily | Posted 05.14.2012 | College
The Cavalier Daily

Wa-hoo, the Virginia men's basketball team made the NCAA Tournament and Friday will play Florida. Yet even if they pass the Gators, a new study shows our players will face a tougher opponent in May.

March Madness

Doug Bradley | Posted 05.14.2012 | Sports
Doug Bradley

Why aren't we seeing to it that more of our student athletes graduate? That they all graduate?

Count Colleges Like Calories

Sheila Simon | Posted 05.05.2012 | Chicago
Sheila Simon

Our food has nutritional labels noting calories, fat, and sodium content that help us make informed decisions. Parents and prospective students could use similar help when it comes to making decisions about college.

Increasing the Graduation Rate Quickly, Cheaply and For Real

David Bloomfield | Posted 04.20.2012 | Education
David Bloomfield

A relatively quick, cheap, and instructionally legitimate change to state law could raise graduation rates without lowering standards.

Ohio High School Paying Students To Show Up, Behave In Class

Posted 04.16.2012 | Education

A Cincinnati high school is paying its students to go to school. The Dohn Community High School, a charter school in Ohio, started a program this w...

Hard Knocks Keeping Kids In School

Posted 02.10.2012 | Denver

The number of habitual truants in Aurora, Colo.'s public schools seem to be dropping since district officials began their door-knocking campaign six y...

'Free Market' Will Lead to Lower Tuition? Good Luck.

Jeff Selingo | Posted 04.07.2012 | College
Jeff Selingo

But for an expense that is among the biggest of a family's lifetime (perhaps second only to the purchase of a home), we should be able to do better than rely on annual rankings from a magazine that doesn't really publish anything beyond rankings anymore.

School District Bans "Zeros" On Assignments

Posted 04.04.2012 | Education

Lowndes County Schools students in Georgia can relax a little -- 3rd through 8th graders can no longer receive zeros on assignments. Under a new po...

State Graduation Rate Improves, 20% Still Fail To Finish In 4 Years

AP | Posted 02.29.2012 | Education

HARTFORD, Conn. — State education officials say Connecticut's high school graduation rate improved in 2010, but nearly 1 in 5 students failed to...

States Move Away From Exit Exams, Shift Toward College-Readiness

Posted 02.08.2012 | Education

Fewer states are requiring students to pass high school exit exams to graduate, but more states are increasing standardized testing in college- and ca...

Student Graduation Threatened In School Course Credit Scandal

Posted 02.01.2012 | Education

A Bronx school in New York is under investigation for allegations of credit irregularities that could threaten some students' abilities to graduate th...

Education Should Be About Kids, Not Adults

Natalie Ravitz | Posted 01.07.2012 | Education
Natalie Ravitz

Over the past decade, the notion that some children "can't learn" or "aren't worth teaching" has fundamentally (and thankfully) been put to rest. W...

Evaluating Bloomberg School Reform -- Do You Want to Buy the Brooklyn Bridge?

Alan Singer | Posted 01.03.2012 | Education
Alan Singer

According to CUNY college tests, only 1.1 percent of the New Height Academy's graduates were actually prepared to do college level work without remediation. This is for a charter school that received a grade of "A" from New York City Department of Education assessors.

Scores Plummet As More High School Juniors Required To Take State Tests

Posted 01.01.2012 | Chicago

After the most recent return of 11th grade Prairie State Achievement Exam scores found nearly half of Illinois public school students failing to meet ...

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...

Community Colleges or Four-Year Schools?

Mariela Dabbah | Posted 12.18.2011 | Latino Voices
Mariela Dabbah

Community colleges are a great option for a lot of students -- but what I'd like is for these colleges to be presented as an option by guidance counselors, educators and leaders - not as the only alternative for Latinos.

Lawmakers, Media Must Treat Education as an Economic Issue

Rehema Ellis | Posted 11.23.2011 | Education
Rehema Ellis

What is surprising is that we, as a nation, aren't fully making the connection between education, local, state and federal budget matters, and the economy.

Being Fair About Graduation Rates at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 11.07.2011 | College
Marybeth Gasman

Believe me, I'm concerned about national graduation rates, as well. At 55.5 percent (six-year) nationally, we could be doing a lot better. However, HBCUs get unfair treatment when it comes to discussions of graduation rates, and here is why.