Washington D.C’s Coolidge High School’s football coach is making waves — and not just because she may be the only female coach in the nation.
Natalie Randolph loves the game, but she loves watching her players succeed academically even more.
In a great piece that aired on PBSNewshour, Randolph talked strategy on getting her players to succeed on and off the field.
PBS’ American Graduate program is continuing to catch the notice of viewers across the nation.
One person who is paying attention is Anne Pershing.
She’s a grandmother who writes the column “Grandma with Attitude” for the Reno Gazette-Journal, and she took time this week to tell her readers they can help regardless of their age.
John Ascuaga, a 88-year-old Sparks hotel and casino owner, has donated more than $625,000 in scholarships to help kids reach college.
Everyone, regardless of their income, can help in meaningful ways to keep kids on track to graduation.
“Other grandparents and seniors can also help by volunteering at the schools,” she wrote. “According to AARP, there are nearly 5 million children younger than 18 being raised by grandparents in this country.”
Tennessee lawmakers propose bill after feds want better tracking of students who move out of the state
Tennessee’s high school graduation rate is improving faster than almost anywhere in the nation — and federal officials want to make sure the state is showing legitimate gains.
Current Tennessee law doesn’t require school districts to obtain proof that student who has moved out-of-state has re-enrolled at a new school, which is often difficult to track down, according to assistant education commissioner Stephen Smith, who testified before state lawmakers.
Educators, administrators and community members are kicking off a dropout prevention tour this week throughout Mississippi.
The state Department of Education’s Office of Dropout Prevention and Compulsory School Attendance Enforcement will be visiting schools throughout Spring Break to have a community celebration, according to The Clarion Ledger.
The Go HARD Spring Break Tour is a youth-led movement that emphasizes the strengths of teens: Heart, Attitude, Resilience and Dedication. The movement focuses on supporting and encouraging middle and high school youth in the state to stay in school and graduate. The pilot program is starting with 13 districts across the state.
Kentucky’s Legislature is moving forward with increasing the dropout age from 16 to 18.
However, a new draft of the bill, SB97, would make it voluntary for school districts to move the age up to 18. However, when 55 percent of Kentucky’s school districts opt to increase the age, the entire state will be forced to adopt the new policy, according to an article in the Courier-Journal.
The bill passed out of a House education committee and moves to the full House for voting. If it passes there, it will be sent back to the Senate so they can vote on the changes.
A bill that would suspend driver’s licenses for teens who drop out has stalled in the South Carolina legislature.
The bill was voted 3-3 in a subcommittee, meaning it did not get a favorable recommendation. However, the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Tom Young, vows it will be seen before the full education committee, according to WSPA.
"It's a good idea because anything we can to incentivize a young person to stay in school and get a high school education is good for South Carolina, good for South Carolina taxpayers," Young said.
Late in February, the U.S. Army, the Ad Council, and the BoostUp campaign launched a nationwide Day of Action to help people understand the importance of attendance.
But it’s important to continue the conversation about showing up, which proves to be more than half the battle in making a student’s way to graduation.
Here are some facts about attendance from the National Council of La Raza’s blog:
For the first time in its 70-year history, states are looking at whether they should drop the GED and find better alternatives for dropouts and adult students to earn a diploma.
The Wall Street Journal reports that as the GED is being overhauled — mainly as the nonprofit American Council on Education has partnered with the for-profit publisher Pearson PLC — the cost has gone up to $120 a student. States, especially those that subsidize that cost, are looking for cheaper alternatives.
"This is a huge transition," said Marque Haeg, Oregon's GED administrator. "For most jobs here in Oregon, you have to have a GED, and that includes everything from McDonald's to little mom-and-pop shops."
Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced a new initiative to help low-performing schools increase their graduation rates.
The federal government will give $15 million to fund the three-year program called the School Turnaround AmeriCorps, which would send 650 members to about 60 schools that aren’t graduating enough of their students, according to an Associate Press article in The Mercury.
Schools will compete for the grants, which are funded through the Education Department and the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Grad Nation report shows graduation rates up, dropout factories down, but there's still work to be done
A new report on graduation rates and dropout factories across the nation is out.
It has good news to share, but there’s still room for improvement.
The Building a Grad Nation report, created by Civic Enterprises, America’s Promise Alliance, the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Everyone Graduates Center at John Hopkins University, showed that overall, 78.2 percent of U.S students graduated from high school in 2010, a 6.5 percent increase since 2001, according to an article on PBS NewsHour.