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.
Students in South Carolina are lucky to have someone like Karen Cooper-Haber on their side.
The district coordinator for family intervention services at Richland Two School District helps students return to the classroom by working with families and providing summer and after-school programs to give kids alternative recreation options.
Cooper-Haber was awarded the Crystal Star Individual Award of Excellence in Dropout Recovery, Intervention and Prevention by the National Dropout Prevention Center and Network, according to ColaDaily.com.
Lincoln Public Schools has something to celebrate.
The high schools there are enjoying their highest graduation rates and lowest dropout rates on record, reports KLKN.
"Increasing the high school graduation rate is the most important instructional strategic goal for our school district – and that makes perfect sense," said LPS Superintendent Steve Joel. "As we continue raising our standard of excellence at LPS, increasing numbers of LPS students leave our high schools with a meaningful diploma that serves as the gateway to better employment and a successful college career."
This week, students, administrators and community members came together in Tecumseh, Mich., to do something they had never done before.
They gathered together to walk their community's street to tell dropouts "We want you back" in their first-ever Dropout Recovery Walk.
Each year, about 7,200 students drop out of Memphis schools.
While district administrators and community organizations are working hard to change that number, there are tens of thousands of adults in the city without a high school diploma, many of whom are struggling to find employment.
Everyone in the dropout fight knows there isn't just one silver-bullet solution to end the epidemic that is sweeping many of our students out of school.
Rob Belous, Graduation Alliance team leader in Michigan, was a student who was on his way out the door when a high school teacher anchored him — keeping him on his path to a diploma.
He's been paying it forward ever since. He had a successful military career, and then started helping at-risk students in some of Detroit's toughest schools as a teacher and then an administrator.
There were nine people in the two-bedroom home in which I was born and raised in one of the poorest sections of Casablanca, Morocco. We had no running water, the electricity was unreliable, and there were few modern appliances in our spartan home.
At first, I didn’t realize how poor we were. But as I grew older, developing an interest in reading, foreign languages, photography, soccer and long distance running, it began to become clear. I wasn’t able to pursue most of these interests because my parents lacked the means. That’s when the reality of our poverty hit me, and when I began to consider ways to change my life.
More engagement and increased involvement in student activities. That’s what Turlock Unified School District director of student services Gil Ogden credits for his district’s recent successes in stemming the tide of dropouts.
Graduation rates across California have increased over the past couple of years, and Turlock has reflected that trend. From 2011 to 2012, the district’s dropout number fell from 154 to 128.
While we’ve made great national strides in holding schools, districts and states accountable for improving graduation and dropout rates, California Dropout Research Project director Russ Rumberger said those measurements don’t well reflect what is happening in successful dropout recovery programs across the country.
That’s why Rumberger joined several other experts and dozens of practitioners in a “webinar” on Thursday, June 13, aimed at opening an expanded dialogue on the best way to establish accountability from dropout recovery programs.
Sapna Iyer, a high school English teacher at SIATech in San Diego, is making a difference in the lives of dropouts that have returned to school.
And her efforts haven’t gone unnoticed.
Iyer recently was chosen as one of four finalists for the "Most Hopeful Teacher in America" award.
Iyer was the only high school teacher chosen as a finalist — and the only dropout recovery teacher.
According to Gallup, Iyer has "demonstrated a unique capacity for changing lives by believing that students can have a better future and by giving them what they need to make it so."