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Robert Balfanz

'Insider Trading' Used To Turn Around Failing Students, Schools

Posted 12.11.2012 | Education

Broadmoor Middle School in Baton Rouge, La., had a 50 percent suspension rate three years ago, and one in four students there couldn't keep up on core...

Joy Resmovits

What Are the Top Reasons Kids Cut School?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.29.2012 | Education

It's the second day of school in Chaparral High School, a day assistant principal Todd Peterson calls "the second happiest day in the world for all th...

High School Dropout Potential Could Be Determined In Middle School

Posted 07.18.2012 | Education

A report by PBS's Frontline examines the work of Johns Hopkins researcher Dr. Robert Balfanz, who suggests there is a key period in middle school that...

Common Core Needs a Team Effort

John Thompson | Posted 09.09.2012 | Education
John Thompson

School systems must also be willing to address chronic absenteeism and chronic disorder before we can systematically teach for mastery.

Joy Resmovits

Chronic Absenteeism Hurts Millions Of Students

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.17.2012 | Education

Danet Robaina-Cline, an attendance counselor at Chaparral High, considers her school lucky. Like other schools in Las Vegas, a city reeling from th...

The Costs and the Lost Benefits of Graduation Exams

John Thompson | Posted 08.09.2012 | Education
John Thompson

Most educators already know that we should be teaching analysis, synthesis, and problem-solving, so perhaps our experiment with graduation exams will prompt us to follow the path we always knew we should be taking.

Stop Dumping Our Most Vulnerable Students

John Thompson | Posted 06.21.2011 | Education
John Thompson

We have dumped our most vulnerable children on our most vulnerable schools, turning them into way stations for those kids until they land on the streets.