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FreshWater Cleveland

Sydney Kornegay

15 September 2021

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Project ACT provides support services to 1,000 Cleveland public school students experiencing homelessness or living with guardians other than their parents. Students are set up with a life skills coach who provides em...

The Bemidji Pioneer

Josh Verges

6 June 2021

St. Paul, Minnesota, United States

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In St. Paul, Minnesota, the St. Paul school district switched from a letter grade structure to a pass/fail system. A trend that was seen across other districts in the states. The move came after the pandemic resulted ...

Next City

Melanie Bavaria

22 April 2021

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

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While community colleges across the country saw a decrease in enrollment during the pandemic, one school, Nashville State, saw a slight increase in the number of Tennesse Reconnect students enrolled. Tenneese Recconne...

The Boston Globe

Meghan E. Irons

14 February 2021

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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In Boston, four organizations that serve Black and Latino families formed an alliance to provide low-cost learning pods to students of color. Run out of two churches, the full-day learning pods “serve nearly two dozen...

Lithuanian Radio and Television (LRT)

Giedrius Vitkauskas

30 January 2021

Vilnius, Lithuania

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A nonprofit in Lithuania is providing resources for children from the Roma community in order to decrease the rate of students who drop out of school early. The historically-marginalized group faces social stigmas and...

The 74

Linda Jacobson

20 December 2020

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

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In order to keep track of students and prevent them from dropping out, the Nashville district created “Navigators.” A corps of 5,600 school employees- teachers, lunchroom workers, and bookkeepers, who track students t...

The Seattle Times

Joy Resmovits

22 November 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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In Seattle, voters approved to fund a program that gives public high-school graduates two years of free community college. Then, the pandemic hit the year it was supposed to begin. Educators and school officials quick...

Mother Jones

Adam Hochschild

1 November 2020

Selma, Alabama, United States

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Hundreds of schools nationwide use restorative justice to respond to student disciplinary problems differently. In place of police, arrests, and suspensions, restorative practices emphasize conflict mediation through ...

Al Jazeera

Kalpana Sunder

12 October 2020

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Back in 1988, Bina Sheth Lashkar, started noticing that students who lived in Slums were dropping out at high rates because they had to work to support their families. So, Bina and her colleague created Door Step Scho...

Flint Beat

Carmen Nesbitt

20 August 2020

Flint, Michigan, United States

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Staff from Flint Community Schools are taking a more door-to-door approach to find the close to 1,500 students who have not yet started attending virtual school when the fall semester started. FCS assembled "wellness ...

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Veronika Folentová

22 June 2020

Levoca, Presov, Slovakia

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The Romani Education Fund in Slovakia is helping children from the Roma community, which has a history of social and economic disadvantages as well as being subject to ethnic discrimination, overcome challenges to fin...

Transitions Online

Lucie Fialova

11 April 2020

Trmice, Bohemia, Czech Republic

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In some regions of Czechia, “one in 10 children fails to advance to the next grade.” Every year 2,000 students drop out. One school in the town of Trmice doesn’t have this problem. The school has low dropout rates and...

The Fresno Bee

Manuela Tobias

19 February 2020

Fresno, California, United States

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A school attendance campaign in a rural California district relies on buy-in from a variety of community partners. For instance, administrators supported the construction of a new health clinic next to the school, con...

The Hechinger Report

Caroline Preston

6 February 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities has seen its six-year graduation rate for American Indian and Alaska Native students rise from 27 percent in 2008 to 69 percent in 2018, as well as an increase in the number of ...

NPR

Kevin Lavery

28 January 2020

Lansing, Michigan, United States

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In Lansing, Michigan, one high school gives students the option to take classes from 3 to 8 p.m., outside of the standard school day. This allows students to hold part-time jobs or internships, fulfill other responsib...

Chalkbeat

Lori Higgins

16 January 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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At Jalen Rose Leadership Academy in Detroit, the support of the high school doesn't stop at graduation. Staff at the school follow up with alumni at their new campuses to make sure they are on track and connect them w...

The Hechinger Report

Jon Marcus

Felicia Mello

3 December 2019

San Jose, California, United States

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Defying the national trend, California is increasing its higher education budget through innovative solutions. Opening food banks on campus and an online community college, are just some of those ways the state is usi...

WBTS-TV

Ally Donnelly

Jim Haddadin

27 November 2019

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Boston Public Schools is embracing an approach called Building Assets, Reducing Risks that has proven successful in other U.S. school districts. In BARR, teams of teachers compare notes on students to ensure they are ...

The Seattle Times

Neal Morton

20 October 2019

Renton, Washington, United States

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A nonprofit in Seattle is identifying youth between the ages of 16 to 24 who are out of school and work and reconnecting them with the public education system. Two-thirds of students enrolled in the program have gone ...

Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB)

Elizabeth Miller

8 October 2019

Salem, Oregon, United States

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Oregon schools are leveraging the power of relationships to improve attendance and graduation rates for Pacific Islander and Black students. Community resource specialists step in to get students to school, doctor's a...

Oklahoma Watch

Jennifer Palmer

17 September 2019

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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Spurred by state changes, an elementary in Tulsa, Oklahoma has transformed its approach to chronic absenteeism, adding frequent positive reinforcements for good attendance and building strong relationships with studen...

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 ...

The Boston Globe

James Vaznis

4 September 2019

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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This fall, a group of volunteers, led by Boston Public Schools' superintendent, went door to door to talk with students who had previously shown patterns of absenteeism. The effort, one part of the city's effort to re...

The Hechinger Report

Sarah Gonser

30 August 2019

New York, New York, United States

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A "near-peer" mentoring program offers a promising model for similar initiatives working to prevent "summer melt" for low-income students in the summer between their graduation from high school and arrival at college....

Missoulian

Cameron Evans

Keila Szpaller

17 August 2019

Billings, Montana, United States

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Several courses offered at colleges throughout Montana are using storytelling that is founded in cultural competency to better connect students with their heritage. This effort is part of a larger project that aims to...

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