Ohio’s governor is asking school officials across the state to help kids stay engaged in school and make it to graduation.
In his State of the State address, Gov. John Kasich mentioned dropouts as one of his key points.
“Dropping out is a dead end,” he said, according to The Coshocton Tribune. “It can lead to a life of unrealized dreams. It can lead to poverty. We need to help get these kids back on track.”
Schools across the nation are beating the odds and finding ways to help the most at-risk students succeed in school.
Robert Balfanz and Cynthia Trudell wrote an opinion column in Crain’s Chicago Business that espoused the value of schools partnering with Diplomas Now, which Balfanz co-founded. In 39 schools in 13 cities, students are staying on track to graduate, thanks to a public-private partnership with the U.S. Department of Education and the PepsiCo Foundation.
Op-Ed: Policymakers and at-risk students suffer from a class divide that makes dropout prevention more difficult
When policymakers create solutions for dropouts, they might not be thinking the same way as students with at-risk backgrounds.
An op-ed in The Pierce County Tribune by Lloyd Omdahl looks at the mindset differences between those who set policy and those who are expected to follow it.
In his piece, he focuses heavily on class differences and how people from high classes and low classes perceive the world.
Oregonian rightly rails agains the GED and encourages the Beaver State to focus dropout recovery efforts on high school diplomas
The debate over the worth of a GED is continuing in Oregon.
The state has set the ambitious goal of all adults holding a high school diploma by 2025. Some lawmakers and other state leaders may look at the GED as a quick and easy way to make that goal.
But a pointed editorial in The Oregonian identifies several reasons why a GED is not as worthy a credential as a high school diploma.
A non-profit in Indiana is helping dropouts earn a high school diploma.
Goodwill, which tackles several social problems, has opened the Excel Center, a network of nine charter schools that are designed to bring adult dropouts back into the educational fold, according to PBS Newshour.
There’s no question the country is heading in the right direction when it comes to keeping students in school, but in a nation with 35 million dropouts, prevention is not enough.
“Until every American has the opportunity to go back to school, we cannot be satisfied with a decrease in dropout rates,” said Rebekah Richards, the chief academic officer and co-founder of Graduation Alliance, which partners with more than 80 school districts across the United States to give young men and women a path back to school and sponsors this blog.
A program in Washington State is earning the attention of dropouts who want to earn their high school diploma.
The program, called iGrad, is a collaboration between Kent School District and Green River Community College has enrolled 540 students and many more are waiting to get in, according to The Seattle Times.
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A program called Denver Kids Inc. in Colorado is helping about 1,000 at-risk students stay on the path to graduation.
The group hooks kids up with counselors who stay with the student from seventh grade on, inquiring about school, helping to solve family problems and pushing through other obstacles that might have derailed them from graduation.
Education and state leaders will gather Thursday, Dec. 12 to share ideas about how to re-engage the 100,000 dropouts living in the Los Angeles area.
Three different groups are coming together to host The Leadership Perspectives on Reengagement Forum: the National League of Cities, the National Youth Employment Coalition and Zero Dropouts.
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.