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The Notebook

Neena Hagen

28 May 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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As high schoolers across the nation grapple with the stress of the sudden shift to online learning, unstable home environments, and for some students the toll of coronavirus on family members, school counselors are lo...

The Hechinger Report

Jon Marcus

7 February 2020

Miami, Florida, United States

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Some colleges think students are overwhelmed by the number of options they have to choose from—countless classes and extracurriculars are available on many campuses. Schools across the United States are experimenting ...

The Hechinger Report

Alfonso Serrano

18 January 2020

Lost Hills, California, United States

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Owners of the Wonderful Company food conglomerate honed their philanthropic efforts on the community they saw had the most need—their own workers' families—by establishing charter schools to improve the quality of lif...

The Colorado Sun

Erica Breunlin

9 December 2019

Colorado, United States

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Over one-third of juniors and seniors enrolled in Colorado public high schools are also taking postsecondary education courses. The model is saving students time and financial costs and is helping to close the achieve...

The New York Times

Kyle Spencer

10 October 2019

New York, New York, United States

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A number of elite college prep programs are offering wraparound academic support to low-income students for up to eight years in an effort to replicate the built-in support provided by schools in wealthier districts.

Politico

Erick Trickey

12 September 2019

Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

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In Kalamazoo, Michigan, a donor paid for all students to attend college in state free of charge. The program is now expanding beyond monetary aid to offer guidance and additional resources to students who drop out of ...

Politico

Erick Trickey

12 September 2019

Newburgh, New York, United States

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Now in 10 states and 17 countries, the P-TECH program combines high school with internships and free community college classes. In low-income neighborhoods in Newburgh, New York, P-TECH has helped increase earning and...

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Molly Fosco

2 June 2019

Oakland, California, United States

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After her experience arriving woefully unprepared at Dartmouth, Alex Bernadotte started Beyond 12, a tech nonprofit that provides virtual coaching to graduating high school seniors and college students. Beyond 12 has ...

Boulder Daily Camera

Amy Bounds

20 April 2019

Boulder, Colorado, United States

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Twenty-five years ago, a Spanish teacher in Colorado noticed a troubling trend - many Latino students were dropping out before finishing high school. Leticia Alonso de Lozano started a dropout prevention program, offe...

Bangor Daily News

Lori Valigra

12 February 2019

Maine, United States

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A partnership between Maine high schools and Thomas College is helping cut college costs by at least $30,000. Through the Pathways program, students enroll in dual enrollment classes while still in high school and com...

PBS NewsHour

Fred de Sam Lazaro

8 January 2019

Minnesota, United States

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For students who are people of color, the first to attend college in their families, and from low-income families, the likelihood of finishing a four-year college degree is 12 percent. Wallin Education Partners pairs ...

KSTX

Bekah McNeel

6 December 2018

El Paso, Texas, United States

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The University of Texas at El Paso, among other universities such as Princeton or Georgia State, are making concerted efforts to ensure the success of their first generation or low-income students in a student body th...

KSTX

Bekah McNeel

26 October 2018

San Antonio, Texas, United States

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In areas of high poverty, students in San Antonio, Texas are highly encouraged and supported to take the next step after high school to go on to challenging universities and gain a degree. Their efforts, which include...

The Hechinger Report

Kaitlin Gillepsie

24 October 2018

Onalaska, Washington, United States

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Although only 16 percent of residents in Onalaska, Washington hold a bachelor's degree, all 43 seniors in the class of 2017 were accepted to college. Even as more students are college bound, in the past five years, th...

Chalkbeat

Steve Hendershot

9 October 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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International Baccalaureate programs have traditionally been associated with elite boarding schools. But Chicago Public Schools, IB's biggest North American customer, is quickly changing that perception. IB’s founders...

Howard County Times

Jess Nocera

27 September 2018

Maryland, United States

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Through JumpStart, a dual enrollment program in Maryland, students can graduate with not only a high school degree but also the credits equivalent to an associates. Over 700 students in Howard County participate in th...

Chalkbeat

Steve Hendershot

20 September 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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In Chicago, as in other cities, the definition and reality of "career education" is changing quickly - "This program is for any young person who wants to have some employability skills before they graduate from high s...

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Sean Ryon

22 August 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Since 2007, SIMBA and ASET have connected over 1,000 homeless students living in New York City with academic resources. All students in the 2018 class graduated from high school with multiple college acceptances.

The Hechinger Report

Bekah McNeel

16 July 2018

San Antonio, Texas, United States

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In San Antonio, career-themed schools are at the center “of a growing push to more closely match the skills students gather in high school with workforce needs.” The Center for Applied Science and Technology (CAST), d...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Stephanie Morse

22 May 2018

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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During the 2017-2018 school year, students in Arizona missed out on $65 million in free federal financial aid. The Be a Leader Foundation counsels first-generation and low-income students - during the inaugural year o...

The Atlantic

Adam Harris

1 May 2018

California, United States

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Compared to its peers, the University of California system is the best at enrolling and graduating low income students. In addition to funneling state funding towards these efforts, the UCs provide support throughout ...

The Hechinger Report

Emily Richmond

16 April 2018

Hathorne, Massachusetts, United States

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Essex Technical is one of a growing number of high schools that has shifted from offering vocational classes to promoting "career and technical education" (CTE) courses. Essex's split schedule allows students to alter...

PBS NewsHour

Emily Richmond

16 April 2018

Hathorne, Massachusetts, United States

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At Essex Technical High School, students split their time between vocational classes and traditional coursework. While most teachers praise the model and point towards rising test scores as evidence of its success, ot...

The Hechinger Report

Amadou Diallo

11 April 2018

Redmond, Washington, United States

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Two schools in New York and Washington state are breaking the traditional high school mold by combining college preparation with career and technical education. Amadou Diallo writes, "Debating whether kids need hands-...

The Seattle Times

Katherine Long

15 March 2018

Washington, United States

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Washington state boasts one of the country's most established and successful dual-credit programs, allowing students to earn college credits while still in high school (at no cost). Some participants even graduate hig...

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