Mayor Michael Bloomberg started spreading the (good) news about graduation rates in New York City.
The 2013 graduation rates showed a record high for the city, with more than 61 percent of students graduating on time in June, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The city usually announces graduation rates the following June, but the outgoing mayor wanted to show what impact he had on the city's schools.
Illinois students are dropping out less, but are chronically absent much more, though semantics may be to blame
New data about why Chicago and Illinois students are truant, chronically truant and drop out of school was presented to legislators and school officials Thursday morning at a policy briefing.
The report, released by the Alternative Schools Network and called "Hope & Opportunity: Creating Futures for Out-of-School Youth," shows that dropout rates in Chicago and Illinois declined by nearly half between 2006 and 2012, but at the same time truancy and chronic truancy doubled between 2006 and 2009 and then after falling, nearly tripled in 2012.
Students in South Carolina are lucky to have someone like Karen Cooper-Haber on their side.
The district coordinator for family intervention services at Richland Two School District helps students return to the classroom by working with families and providing summer and after-school programs to give kids alternative recreation options.
Cooper-Haber was awarded the Crystal Star Individual Award of Excellence in Dropout Recovery, Intervention and Prevention by the National Dropout Prevention Center and Network, according to ColaDaily.com.
The Reaching At-Promise Students Association is working on a new policy initiative to help the country's most disengaged students.
In a partnership with Momentum Strategy & Research, RAPSA is asking education leaders to participate in a survey. It will gather information about schools that serve the most at-risk students who may not be well represented by traditional measures of academic success.
Conference focuses on creating alternative accountability policies for schools that reach at-risk learners
Education leaders from around the United States And Canada spent two days discussing alternative accountability policies for students who are at-risk of dropping out.
The Reaching At-Promise Students Association and SIATech jointly held the San Diego conference. Speakers ranged from civil rights leader Dr. Terry Roberts to Congressman Alan Lowenthal, all of whom focused on encouraging students to succeed and finding policies to encourage that success.
Lincoln Public Schools has something to celebrate.
The high schools there are enjoying their highest graduation rates and lowest dropout rates on record, reports KLKN.
"Increasing the high school graduation rate is the most important instructional strategic goal for our school district – and that makes perfect sense," said LPS Superintendent Steve Joel. "As we continue raising our standard of excellence at LPS, increasing numbers of LPS students leave our high schools with a meaningful diploma that serves as the gateway to better employment and a successful college career."
This week, students, administrators and community members came together in Tecumseh, Mich., to do something they had never done before.
They gathered together to walk their community's street to tell dropouts "We want you back" in their first-ever Dropout Recovery Walk.
Each year, about 7,200 students drop out of Memphis schools.
While district administrators and community organizations are working hard to change that number, there are tens of thousands of adults in the city without a high school diploma, many of whom are struggling to find employment.
Everyone in the dropout fight knows there isn't just one silver-bullet solution to end the epidemic that is sweeping many of our students out of school.
Rob Belous, Graduation Alliance team leader in Michigan, was a student who was on his way out the door when a high school teacher anchored him — keeping him on his path to a diploma.
He's been paying it forward ever since. He had a successful military career, and then started helping at-risk students in some of Detroit's toughest schools as a teacher and then an administrator.