December 2010

Why don't black churches start their own schools?

The inestimable RiShawn Biddle is asking a poignant and provocative question at Dropout Nation this week: Why don't black churches start their own schools?

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General Motors Foundation donates $27.1 million to help raise graduation rates

The General Motors Foundation is donating $27.1 million to the United Way for Southeastern Michigan with the goal of dramatically increasing graduation rates — and ultimately rebuilding the area’s skilled workforce.

The donation is the largest ever in the 34-year history of the foundation, and comes at a time in which some parts of Detroit — particularly those where the most manufacturing jobs have been lost in recent years — are suffering from dropout rates as high as 50 percent.

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Digital Learning Council: All learners are digital learners

By unleashing the power of digital learning, America has the ability to maximize every child's learning potential, provide every student with the knowledge and skills to succeed in college and careers, and give every American access to the highest quality courses, teachers and resources.

That's the message of a new report from the Digital Learning Council, which was launched earlier this year by former governors Jeb Bush and Bob Wise.

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A Wise question about dropout factories

So where did all those dropouts go?

Cynthia Wise, of Seattle's KING 5 news, takes a critical look at a recent report showing a steep decline in the number of "dropout factories" in the United States. 

Here's what she found:

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The 50 percent question

Here's another way to look at the dropout factory tragedy, courtesy of Michael Moe, of NeXtAdvisors, LLC:

"Imagine that 50 percent of the people who went into a hospital died — it would cause a huge public uproar and the hospital would be closed."

Heck yes, it would.

And in that same spirit, we humbly ask:

• What if some U.S. Postal Service offices lost 50 percent of your mail?

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Rhee wants you!

Michelle Rhee, the firebrand former chancellor of schools in Washington D.C., has launched a new non-profit organization to push reforms in public education.

And she wants your help.

Here's the pledge that Rhee's group, Students First, is asking parents, teachers, administrators, politicians, and citizens from across the country to make:

We believe:

Great teachers can make a tremendous difference for students of every background; all children deserve great teachers.

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