dropout epidemic

Can intervention save middle schoolers from "mean tweens"?

"Relational forms of aggression are known to increase during the middle school years..."

... and if that's not the most "no duh" sentence you've ever read in a research abstract, we don't know what is, because let's face it: Everybody knows that "tweens" can be downright mean.

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Happy New Year from NoDropouts.org

Dear friends,

We've learned a lot since launching NoDropouts.org, five months ago:

We've learned that everyone can play a role in the effort to keep students in school.

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Montana among states trying to raise legal dropout age

Montana's Superintendent of Public Instruction, Denise Juneau, is among a growing movement of education officials pushing to raise the age at which students can legally drop out of school in states that allow those as young as 16 to opt out of education.

Juneau met with Gov. Brian Schweitzer this week to discuss her plans to ask the 2011 Legislature to raise the legal dropout rate from 16 to 18. Republican Senator Taylor Brown will carry the bill, reports KFBB-TV

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Are internet filters locking students out of learning?

Could rules governing the use of the internet on school computers be contributing to an atmosphere that promotes dropouts?

John Lock thinks so.

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"All hands on deck" needed to fight dropout crisis

The U.S. graduation rate has increased slightly, from 72 percent in 2002 to 75 percent in 2008. Meanwhile, the number of “dropout factory” high schools — which account for about half of all high school dropouts — fell from 2,007 in 2002 to 1,746 in 2008, according to a new report by the America’s Promise Alliance.

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What would you do to solve the dropout crisis?

The Times-Herald of Vallejo, Calif., is taking a novel approach to the dropout crisis: It has asked its Facebook fans to suggest solutions to the city's nearly 50-percent dropout rate. 

The answers run the gamut, but a few themes emerge:

Safety

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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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