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High School Dropouts

The 'Urban' Divide

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 08.06.2012 | Education
Adam Kirk Edgerton

I am constantly struck by how little time education reformers spend talking about students, and how much time they spend talking about adults.

Raising Expectations -- and the Dropout Age -- in Maryland

John Bridgeland | Posted 07.23.2012 | Education
John Bridgeland

Updates to compulsory school-age laws are not a single-stop solution to solving the dropout crisis. But they are an important strategic, economic and symbolic step that states can take.

Going Back to Cali: Story of an At-Risk Youth Turned Advocate

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 07.06.2012 | Black Voices
Rev. Romal J. Tune

As a teenager, I left California in order to escape a life of crime, death, or seemingly inevitable imprisonment. I recently returned to help a church raise money for their programs that keep kids in school and decrease the dropout rate through the Student SWAG program.

Why High School Doesn't Count: Getting Smart About College

Jayanti Tamm | Posted 07.02.2012 | Education
Jayanti Tamm

As the wounds of college rejections are still raw from April's thin-or-thick envelope onslaught, all over America, the reality of plan B's are slowly starting to settle in.

Strive for A's Not D's

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 06.19.2012 | Education
Rebecca Joseph

Our schools need to promote higher standards. LAUSD should and can become a leader in the country of a movement to move kids towards true college readiness.

Who Is the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 06.16.2012 | Impact
Daniel Cubias

Studies imply that more than 80 percent of dropouts would have stayed in school if they believed it was more relevant to real life. Learning how to run a small business can help kids see how their core classes aren't just cruel tortures from adults.

Faith Inspires: Faith For Change

Posted 03.30.2012 | Religion

Editor's note: Every week, HuffPost Religion shines a spotlight on religious people doing good work in their communities. If you would like to recomme...

How to Change the World: A Breakthrough Idea From the Front Lines

Max Klau | Posted 05.27.2012 | Impact
Max Klau

In this era of urgent challenges and limited resources, we cannot afford well-intentioned but ineffective efforts to address pressing public problems like the high school drop-out crisis.

Keeping Young Entrepreneurs Engaged: It's a Community Effort

Sylvia McKinney | Posted 05.22.2012 | Impact
Sylvia McKinney

An entrepreneurial mindset can help at-risk students by offering them a more relevant approach to their education. Here are some key ways to keep next-generation entrepreneurs engaged.

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.

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.

As a Young Student

Elory Rozner | Posted 05.13.2012 | Education
Elory Rozner

The student we're tracking -- where is he or she the following year, or in 20 years? More importantly, who is that student in twenty years? And which learning experiences are responsible?

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...

In Today's Economy, How Far Can A GED Take You?

NPR | Claudio Sanchez | Posted 04.22.2012 | Education

Every year, roughly 750,000 high school dropouts try to improve their educational and employment prospects by taking the General Educational Developme...

A Big Reason To Stay In School

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 02.21.2012 | Business

You know the old advice about staying in school so you can get a job? It's more true now than ever. More than half of the high school dropouts in A...

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.

'American Idol' Castoff And Teen Dropout Goes Back To High School

Posted 02.18.2012 | Home

We all strive to pursue our dreams, but don't always realize how important an education can be in getting us there. This is all too true for 17-year-o...

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...

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."

It's Deeper Than You Think

Elliot Washor | Posted 04.03.2012 | Education
Elliot Washor

Many students drop out because of academic failure, behavioral problems, and life issues, but many more students stay in school but drop out in their heads, gradually disengaging from what the schools have to offer.

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...

Live by your Word, Mr. President

Nikhil Goyal | Posted 03.31.2012 | Home
Nikhil Goyal

Education does not need to be reformed -- it needs to be revolutionized. Educators, politicians, students, and parents needs to ask themselves: How can we make school the best hours of a kid's day?

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.

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.