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The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

18 October 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Far too many students in Philadelphia are not successfully completing their university degrees. A new program at Community College of Philadelphia involves high school freshman taking the equivalent of two years of co...

The New York Times

Benoit Denizet-Lewis

11 October 2017

United States

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Anxiety is growing amongst adolescents, possibly due to the rise of the smartphone. Teachers and parents are struggling to find help for anxious teens, Mountain Valley is a treatment facility that involves group thera...

Duluth News Tribune

Jana Hollingsworth

24 September 2017

United States

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In 2011, a professor at the University of Colorado implemented Pathways2Teaching in several local high schools. Through this "grown your own" program, juniors and seniors study teaching and education through a race an...

The Seattle Times

Neal Morton

2 September 2017

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Acting on research that suggests students' freshman year grades are a reliable predictor of whether or not they will graduate from high school, administrators and teachers in Seattle are implementing new efforts to av...

Keystone Crossroads

Kevin McCorry

30 August 2017

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Part 4 of the "Equity or Bust: Are Ontario's Public Schools a Model for Pennsylvania" Series: Ontario is widely lauded for its education system. But, like Pennsylvania, evidence in Toronto suggests that Ontario has s...

The Atlantic

Amadou Diallo

18 July 2017

Buffalo, New York, United States

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In a Buffalo school district where many students from low-income families struggled with trauma, attendance, and the effects of poverty, a non-profit initiative called Say Yes to Education is implementing drastic chan...

The Hechinger Report

Natalie Gross

5 July 2017

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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An alternative approach to education has long existed, but in the last decade, collaborations between non-profit student-support organizations and public schools have fostered a model called "Last-Chance Schools" with...

Bloomberg CityLab

Andrew Zaleski

2 June 2017

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Dorchester, the Boston neighborhood with the highest poverty levels, struggles to keep kids in school from engaging with gangs and crime. But College Bound Dorchester (CBD) is fast rewriting the solution to high drop ...

Education Week

Rafiq R. Kalam Id-Din II

4 May 2017

United States

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Only seven percent of public school teachers are black. Rafiq R. Kalam Id-Din II dismisses school integration as the central solution to equal opportunity in education. He shows instead that dropout rates for black ma...

The New York Times

David L. Kirp

1 April 2017

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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Despite a deplorably small budget and an ominous lack of support from the government, the Union Public Schools district of Tulsa, Ok is achieving the incredible. Though many of the students are minorities and hail fro...

MinnPost

Erin Hinrichs

17 March 2017

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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High school graduation rates, especially for Black and Hispanic students, are alarmingly low, which led North High School in Minneapolis to rebuild the school model and foster a dramatic increase in the number of stud...

Yes! Magazine

J. Gabriel Ware

2 March 2017

Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

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For over 10 years, a non-profit in Kalamazoo, Michigan has been covering 65 to 100 percent of college costs for local public school students. Kalamazoo Promise, which has inspired similar programs throughout the count...

The Seattle Times

Neal Morton

2 March 2017

Tacoma, Washington, United States

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Adapting tactics that have helped persuade homeowners to use less electricity by comparing them to their neighbors, schools in Tacoma and other school districts across the nation are trying to boost student attendance...

The New York Times

David Leonhardt

18 January 2017

New York, United States

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CUNY has launched 6x as many students into the middle class as all the Ivy League schools combined. Dozens of colleges are vaulting thousands of low-income students into the middle class and beyond, allowing children ...

Christian Science Monitor

Simon Montlake

17 December 2016

Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

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In 2005, anonymous donors announced they would cover college tuition for most students in all future Kalamazoo, Michigan classes: "Other cities declare themselves open for business or tourism. Kalamazoo wants you to k...

Next City

Johnny Magdaleno

16 December 2016

Newport, Kentucky, United States

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Research is recognizing that to help women graduate from career programs additional supports and services are needed such as child care, domestic violence aid and emergency cash assistance. Programs, such as The Brigh...

The Atlantic

Tanya Paperny

11 December 2016

Deer Isle, Maine, United States

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The small community on Deer Isle in Maine struggled to keep students in school; many felt that a diploma was unnecessary, since they could drop out and make good money by in the lobster fishing industry. But the local...

Detroit Free Press

Lori Higgins

19 November 2016

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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After School Matters, provides thousands of apprenticeships and internships to Chicago high school students exposing them to career paths and making them more likely to graduate and pass their classes.

Rio Grande Sun

Andrew Martinez

15 October 2016

Española, New Mexico, United States

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To improve its consistently high truancy rates, last academic year Española Valley High School implemented a new truancy and dropout prevention program aimed at shaping up poor attendance. The results are yet to be de...

The Guardian

Lucy Lamble

19 September 2016

Zimbabwe

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In Zimbabwe, a diverse group of leaders are tackling the persistent barriers to quality education for girls. By providing menstrual products, distributing bikes for transportation, and changing the perception of femal...

The Seattle Times

Claudia Rowe

10 September 2016

Seattle, Washington, United States

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The Highline school district in Washington implemented a radical new strategy to break the school-to-prison pipeline based on mounting data that suspending students pushed them into a vicious cycle of violence and del...

Jackson Free Press

Sierra Mannie

31 August 2016

Pascagoula, Mississippi, United States

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In Pascagoula, a youth court judge observed a high number of youth stuck in the system. The judge reached out to local schools, discouraging them from involving law enforcement in minor incidents that put juveniles i...

Washington Monthly

Matt Connolly

29 August 2016

Dallas, Texas, United States

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Using what he calls the "New Urban College Model," Michael Sorrell has led the complete revival of Dallas' previously failing Paul Quinn College. The school combines rigorous academics and a local work-study program, ...

The Hechinger Report

Jon Marcus

18 August 2016

Tennessee, United States

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Because high schools are assessed on graduation rates in lieu of college-readiness and public universities are funded based on the number of students who enroll instead of those that graduate, there is often a miscomm...

Equal Voice News

Paul Nyhan

10 August 2016

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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Native American students are 237% more likely to drop out than their white counterparts. Organizations like the Native American Community Academy (NACA), are changing those statistics by creating curricula that focus ...

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