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High School Dropouts

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.

Rescuing the American Dream

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.28.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

For decades, the cornerstone of fulfilling the American dream has been getting a good education. But that cornerstone has crumbled for millions of America's children.

Reconnecting America's Forgotten Youth

John Bridgeland | Posted 03.06.2012 | Impact
John Bridgeland

Two reports issued today serve as a wake up call to the nation, providing staggering facts about the costs of inaction.

Is 6th Grade The Answer To America's Dropout Crisis?

| Kathryn Baron | Posted 01.30.2012 | Education

This story comes to us courtesy of Silicon Valley Education Foundation's Thoughts On Public Education blog, TopEd.org. The idea that hormonally-cha...

School Counseling at a Crossroads

John Bridgeland | Posted 01.15.2012 | Education
John Bridgeland

There are more than 100,000 school counselors in our middle and high schools. Yet, they are among the least strategically deployed education professionals and are almost entirely missing from our education reform debates.

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...

WATCH: This School Sends Every Student To College

Posted 01.03.2012 | Education

At a time when high school graduation rates are falling and dropout rates are climbing, one school on the west side of Chicago is defying state and na...

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 Silent Plague: High School Dropouts

Elyse Hill | Posted 12.14.2011 | Home
Elyse Hill

In order to save multitudes of potential dropouts, and suppress this event from occurring, we must regenerate the willpower of those who have lost hope.

Figuring Out 'The How'

Rebecca De Carlo | Posted 12.07.2011 | Home
Rebecca De Carlo

So after trying to combat the big life questions in between writing college essays and physics homework, I found the answer: that I was already prepared for the future.

Denzel Washington: We Are Failing Our Kids

Posted 11.22.2011 | Education

Academy Award-winning film director Ron Howard, basketball star LeBron James, musical artist Ashanti and Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington...

We Must Support the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe

Sen. Mary Landrieu | Posted 11.20.2011 | Education
Sen. Mary Landrieu

We must fight to protect proven programs such as the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program. They offer an invaluable tool to our children who need a little more guidance and structure to help them grow into adults who can be competitive in today's workforce.

Bad Education System -- What's the Real Cost?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 11.15.2011 | Education
C. M. Rubin

Governments need to invest in education. Better educated people are less likely to need unemployment benefits or welfare assistance, and pay more tax when they enter the job market.

The Hidden Jobs Crisis: Strengthening Tomorrow's Workforce Today

Michael Wotorson | Posted 11.09.2011 | Education
Michael Wotorson

No jobs package, no matter the size or the immediate impact, is complete without the public education reforms that are essential to ensuring that our students graduate ready to enter the 21st century workforce.

Vegas Getting 'Em While They're Young

AP | Posted 11.02.2011 | Education

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas-area school administrators are enlisting volunteers for a push to find and encourage students to return to the classroom in a d...