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High School Drop Outs

The Number One Question We Should Be Asking Low-Income Students

Isa Adney | Posted 12.15.2014 | College
Isa Adney

One of the faculty who had worked with an elementary school where the teachers visited the homes of each parent shared how they start each meeting with a simple, yet profound question: "What are your hopes and dreams for your child?"

The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe: Tackling the Nation's Dropout Crisis

Chad Pollitt | Posted 04.19.2014 | Education
Chad Pollitt

In 1993 the National Guard founded the Youth ChalleNGe program in an attempt to help curtail the growing high school dropout crisis and its impact on...

School is Optional

Catherine Gobron | Posted 03.25.2014 | College
Catherine Gobron

"If you don't like going to school, then stop going, and start getting a life."

Billboards That Do Damage

Robert Shireman | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Robert Shireman

This billboard looms ominously over a busy thoroughfare in a troubled neighborhood. A creation of the Ad Council, it is designed to reduce school truancy. In fact, it is more likely to have the opposite effect by making dropping out seem acceptable.

The Hispanic Moment

Marta Tienda | Posted 11.17.2013 | Latino Voices
Marta Tienda

We all win if we embrace, "The Hispanic Moment." We must invest in second and third generation Latino youth and simultaneously promote their assent to the middle class and create workers to offset the costs of a graying society.

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.

One Dropout In Four Is Still Too Many

Gloria Bonilla Santiago | Posted 08.18.2013 | Latino Voices
Gloria Bonilla Santiago

Too many American high school students are falling through the cracks -- and a large number of those falling short are minorities.

Why We Need To Reform Education Now

Sir Ken Robinson | Posted 05.03.2013 | Home
Sir Ken Robinson

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgIn the ten years since the launch of No Child Left Behind, these efforts have intensified. The results have been unimpressive. Graduation rates continue to falter and students and teachers alike are becoming more disaffected. So what's the real problem here?

Grad Nation 2013

Catherine Okafor | Posted 05.01.2013 | Impact
Catherine Okafor

People like Ebony come in everyone's life for a reason. For me, she serves as an inspiration to continue to fight for the youth in my community and worldwide.

How Do We Change the Dropout Factories in America?

Kevin P. Chavous | Posted 02.17.2013 | Education
Kevin P. Chavous

It is imperative that we start treating all children the same by giving them equal opportunity to maximize their full potential. We cannot reduce poverty if we continue to relegate our kids to low expectations.

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...

Drop Outs

Nuvia Martinez | Posted 05.26.2012 | Good News
Nuvia Martinez

Something that really made a difference in my life was having the support from my teacher and mentors at Central High School. Maybe if more young people had supportive adults around them then they wouldn't give up so easily.

With You When You're Right: The Anti-Deficit View of Black Male Achievement

Tim King | Posted 04.20.2012 | Education
Tim King

The idea that strong relationships impact student success shouldn't be anything new to educators. But the implication -- that race, background and gender are not destiny, and that focused interventions produce tangible results -- is enormous.

Book Review: Why Our Schools Need the Arts

Kristen Paglia | Posted 02.29.2012 | Education
Kristen Paglia

Why Our High Schools Need the Arts provides arts advocates with the substantial ammunition we need to secure a permanent place for the arts in schools.

City Year -- An Education Solution at Work in Detroit

Jenna Moritz | Posted 01.17.2012 | Detroit
Jenna Moritz

Detroit is being called the epicenter of the urban public education crisis. At City Year Detroit, young adult leaders are helping turn around the very real dropout crisis.

More Colorado Drop-Outs Are Getting GEDs

Posted 07.24.2011 | Denver

It's graduation season. High school seniors will be getting diplomas, tossing caps into the air. But many students don't make it that far and drop out...

'Beyond The Ball': Chicago Couple Helps Kids Stay Out Of Gangs With Sports Program

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Looking to make a difference for young people in a Chicago neighborhood riddled with gang violence, Rob and Amy Castaneda founded "Beyond The Ball," a...

Investing in the Teen Futures Market

Joe Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joe Robinson

Students at Santa Monica High School play Dream Leader, a board game designed to challenge kids to think longer range than the next two minutes and have fun while doing it.

Reach for the Stars

Margee Ensign | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Margee Ensign

Jose Hernandez, son of migrant workers, will take off this week as a mission specialist in the shuttle Discovery.

Despite Sotomayor Nomination, Latino Academic Gap Still Huge

Marcelo M. Suarez-Orozco and Carola Suarez-Orozco | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marcelo M. Suarez-Orozco and Carola Suarez-Orozco

Latinos have the highest high school dropout rates and the lowest college attendance rates of all racial/ethnic groups, making Judge Sotomayor's biography all the more inspiring.

Quitter! Levi Johnston Leaves His Job

Lisa Derrick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lisa Derrick

Guess the media reporting the truth that Levi was a dropout did in fact "harm" his chance for "good work opportunities," in Palin's spin-filled world.