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2 Seattle middle schools focus on attendance, see scores climb

The Seattle Times

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Two Seattle middle schools saw dropping test scores and dwindling on-time graduation rates. In searching for a solution, they chose to focus on the students' poor attendance rate, and in turn saw student success leap upward.

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A Book in Every Home, and Then Some

The New York Times

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Lack of reading material is not only a third-world problem - many poor families in the United States lack access to and funds for books. A program that helps get books to into the homes of low-income families can boost literacy, and help publishers, too.

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A Boost for the World's Poorest Schools

The New York Times

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How can rural African children learn to read when there are no books in their languages? Save the Children helps kids to create their own books, creating a homemade library for their village.

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A Case Study in Lifting College Attendance

The New York Times

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Many qualified high school students are unable to attend college due to financial reasons. Delaware's governor works hard to make sure that all college-ready graduates, regardless of socioeconomic status, make it to college.

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A Digital Tool to Unlock Learning

The New York Times

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Teacher effectiveness is often focused upon as the most important factor in making education better - but what about the students themselves? PowerMyLearning, a program that any student, parent or teacher can use for free, helps students take ownership of their own learning.

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A Fla. District Leads in Violence Prevention

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

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Palm Beach County, Florida has many of the same social problems that Philadelphia has, including “gangs, drugs, and poverty.” However, their school system has managed to keep students safe by employing “safe-school case managers” who build relationships with students, and they offer a youth court...

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A low-income Brooklyn high school where 100 percent of black male students graduate

The Hechinger Report

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The overall graduation rate for black male students in New York City was 58 percent in 2014 - student retention rates are equally poor. But one school achieved a 100% on-time graduation rate last year, motivating their students with a student-founded, student-sustained 'fraternity'.

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‘A National Admissions Office' for Low-Income Strivers

The New York Times

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Attending college is not always a given option for gifted teenagers from less-than-wealthy backgrounds. National organization QuestBridge creates a way for low-income and minority high-achieving students to go to their dream colleges free of cost.

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A Team Approach to Get Students College Ready

The New York Times

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Blue Engine, which places recent college grads as full-time teaching assistants in New York City public schools, is helping poor students thrive in college. They focus on small teacher-student ratios, frequent feedback for teachers, and a concentration on 'gateway' courses associated with success...

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A By-the-E-Book Education, for $5 a Month

The New York Times

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For-profit companies are making good private schools available even to Africa’s poor. They can do it – and can do it on an enormous scale – by hiring neighborhood residents to teach, and scripting out every word of every lesson on an e-reader.

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