dropout recovery

Demonstrators set up empty desks outside of L.A.'s school district headquarters

Demonstrators made a big statement in L.A. Tuesday as they set up 375 neatly aligned school desks on the street in front of the Los Angeles Unified School District's headquarters.

The empty chairs represented the number of students who dropped out of the district each week in the 2011-2012 school year. That amounted to 8,748 students that year, according to the L.A. Times.

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North Carolina program helps at-risk students earn a diploma

A new program at North Ridgeville High School in North Carolina is giving students the chance to graduate.

Ranger Academy offers help to students who simply don’t thrive in a traditional classroom setting, according to an article in The Morning Journal. Students can work outside the classroom at their own pace. Classes are held from 8:30 to 10:20 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and are required to complete an additional 20 hours outside the classroom. It also has a 2:45 to 4:45 p.m. program for credit recovery.

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New York state principal begins to see the complexity of the dropout epidemic

A principal in New York state is finding out that the decision to drop out is a long-term and complicated one.

Beacon High School Principal Joannes Sieverding began digging into the issue, and quickly realized that looking only at statistics and trends among students in his school just wasn't enough.

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Webinar will teach participants how to reach students, schools with video contest and legislative outreach

The Reaching At-Promise Students Association is hosting a "collabinar" Thursday, March 20 that will show community members how to reach students and schools with a dropout recovery video contest and legislative outreach.

The collabinar, co-hosted by SIATech and RAPSA, will teach participants how to do the following:

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Massachusetts school district celebrates highest graduation it has had

A district in Massachusetts is celebrating its highest graduation rates it's ever had.

Haverhill High school has seen a tremendous jump in rates from 2006, when the school first officially started tracking the rates. That year, only 68.8 percent of freshman graduated in four years. In 2013, that number had increased to 75.3 percent, which reflects a fairly steady growth over that timeframe.

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Proposed Washington state legislation could keep thousands of students from earning a diploma

A proposed, well-intentioned piece of legislation in Washington has the potential to derail dropout recovery programs across the state.

The legislation would require weekly face-to-face meetings between students and instructors. While that seems intuitive, the flexibility Washington’s Open Doors, 1418 Youth Reengagement program offers is critical to students' success.

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Ohio governor calls on educators for ideas to reduce dropout rates

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.”

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Private-public partnerships help students succeed with Diplomas Now

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.

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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.

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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.

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