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Jackson Free Press

Sierra Mannie

27 July 2016

Pelahatchie, Mississippi, United States

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Many years of work to improve juvenile-detention centers in Mississippi may curb recidivism rates by increasing the quality of life in detention. Despite those efforts, however, centers might still be unable to give d...

JXNPulse

Donna Ladd

25 July 2016

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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Jackson, Miss., has suffered from little study about the causes and solutions to crime. With information from a private analysis of crime in the city, Jackson found that it is key to replace delinquency with involveme...

How Do We Fix It?

Richard Davies

Jim Meigs

20 July 2016

New York, New York, United States

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Young people are graduating from high schools and not ready for college level work. Liz Willen describes different initiatives around the United States that have provided solutions for improving secondary education. S...

San Francisco Chronicle

Spencer Whitney

7 July 2016

Oakland, California, United States

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Suspensions make kids, especially minorities, fall behind in class and drop out, elevating the risk of incarceration. The Restorative Justice Initiative, in Oakland, has been credited with helping to reduce suspensio...

FastCompany

Ben Paynter

30 June 2016

San Francisco, California, United States

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The rate of students dropping out of college or failing to complete their degree in the allotted time has soared in the United States, and experts are discovering that one of the causes is simply that students feel is...

The Seattle Times

Claudia Rowe

25 June 2016

Seattle, Washington, United States

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After leading Seattle’s storied Garfield High School for more than a decade, Principal Ted Howard is having a crisis of conscience, wondering if his hard line with youth of color is hurting the very students he most w...

NPR

Elissa Nadworny

30 May 2016

Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States

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Three years after Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) began its efforts to improve attendance rates, almost 4,000 kids who were formerly chronically absent are no longer. Educators publicly shared attendance data with ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

11 May 2016

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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YouthBuild focuses on a tough demographic: 18- to 21-year-old drop-outs who are eligible for neither regular high school nor adult education. The program mixes classroom learning and vocational education, qualifying t...

Global Sisters Report

Melanie Lidman

29 March 2016

Morogoro, Tanzania

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Everyone knows how to stop the epidemic of teen pregnancies in Tanzania, where one out of every four babies is born to a woman under the age of 18. It is one thing that politicians, teachers, sisters, priests, imams, ...

60 Minutes

Scott Pelley

20 March 2016

Newark, New Jersey, United States

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Once a white Catholic all-male private school, St. Benedict's Prep now educates predominantly low-income black and Hispanic students. At St. Benedict's, students hold leadership positions, receive trauma-informed coun...

The Boston Globe

James Vaznis

10 March 2016

Eastham, Massachusetts, United States

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A growing number of high schools across Massachusetts are exploring later start times, amid research showing that a lack of sleep can have detrimental effects on the health and academic performance of teenagers.

Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB)

Dave Miller

9 March 2016

Woodburn, Oregon, United States

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The four academies that make up Woodburn High have exceeded the Oregon state average by double digits for two years in a row, despite high poverty rates. What's driving the school's success?

Minnesota Public Radio

Laura Yuen

Brandt Williams

7 March 2016

St. Paul, Minnesota, United States

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Minnesota's students of color graduate at rates lower than their counterparts in nearly every state. A lack of spending on student support statewide may have something to do with it.

The Seattle Times

Katherine Long

19 December 2015

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Only a fraction of kids in foster care go to college, and even fewer graduate. The small but successful scholarship program at Seattle University aims to change that by specifically helping students from foster care.

Chalkbeat

Ann Schimke

2 December 2015

Arvada, Colorado, United States

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To mitigate the pernicious effects of poverty on student success, nonprofit 'Blocks of Hope' in Colorado aims to provide both educational and social services to students and their families, with the goal of leveling t...

IndyStar (The Indianapolis Star)

Suzette Hackney

20 November 2015

Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

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Indianapolis' Howe High School has joined the movement surfacing in America's public schools towards restorative justice. In 2015, in lieu of suspensions and expulsions, Howe's leadership formed a peer justice jury to...

The Seattle Times

John Higgins

19 November 2015

Spokane, Washington, United States

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Traditional truancy punishments have done little to keep kids in school. One school in Washington state created a truancy board to investigate the reasons behind every student's chronic absences, and to make appropria...

Christian Science Monitor

Nissa Rhee

11 November 2015

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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The anti-violence program at a YMCA in Chicago has war veterans mentoring young gang members as a treatment for the mental and physical wounds of violence. The gang members have healthy role models and the veterans a ...

The New York Times

Rikha Sharma Rani

16 October 2015

New Britain, Connecticut, United States

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Missing days at school, even when excusable, starts children on a pattern of falling behind. A new U.S. department of education initiative has districts tracking all absences, even in kindergarten, to identify and hel...

NPR

Eric Westervelt

14 October 2015

Orlando, Florida, United States

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A Florida community college is boosting learning and graduation rates with new technology that gets professors access to real-time data on student engagement and performance.

The Seattle Times

Ben Stocking

6 October 2015

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Thanks to new private and public funding, school completion programs in Seattle, which enable distressed youth to achieve high school equivalency degrees, can now expand.

The Buffalo News

Mary B. Pasciak

27 September 2015

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Schools in Los Angeles have strict consequences for truancy and tardiness but offer rewards and recognition for good attendance. Administrators use iPhones to record the ID numbers of tardy students, tracking them in ...

Freakonomics

Stephen J. Dubner

10 September 2015

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Researchers set out to measure the efficacy of a program called Becoming a Man, which seems to be proving that, for all the billions of dollars spent on complicated anti-crime programs, something as simple and cheap a...

The Hechinger Report

Meredith Kolodner

14 August 2015

New York, New York, United States

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Forty percent of low-income students accepted to college never start school because of a fear of debt and feelings they don't belong. A New York college access organization is using peer-mentoring to help perspective ...

Politico

Debra Bruno

16 July 2015

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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The ecosystem of D.C. charter schools that has evolved over the last two decades represents a cornucopia of creative and nontraditional approaches to education, in addition to fairly traditional college-prep schools, ...

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