dropout prevention

Oklahoma superintendent fights dropout rate with technology

Superintendent Joe Kitchens thinks technology will keep students in school and on track to graduate. The 20-year-leader of the Western Heights school district in suburban Oklahoma City is focusing on a strong telecommunications network and analyzing student data through various platforms to raise the 63 percent graduation rate.

The most important back-to-school issue in Detroit

Oakland County Schools Superintendent, Vickie Markavitch, talks about the most critical issue facing education in Michigan and how it can be solved.

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Flex program lets students pick when they go to school

A new flex program at East Valley Academy allows students to select the days and hours that they attend school, including Saturdays and evening hours. Students must attend a minimum of 20 hours a week, but there is no limit to the amount of time they can spend taking classes.

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Superintendent moves from good to great in Tennessee

By setting a clear vision, Superintendent Jim McIntyre has made his mark at Knox County Schools

Dropout recovery and prevention online community of practice

The Dropout Recovery and Prevention OCP is a collaborative effort managed by the American Institutes for Research Connected Educators project. The community focuses on improving outcomes for over-age, under-credited learners, with an emphasis on helping schools play a central role in dropout recovery by partnering with other community organizations.

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In the nation's fifth biggest education spender, 1 in 5 Wyoming students will not graduate

Since 2001, the state's four-year high school graduation rate has hovered at around 80 percent, according to the Wyoming Department of Education.

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Connnecticut charter school group gears up to lower suspension rate

Achievement First Bridgeport Academy, which has 10 schools in Connecticut, has come under scrutiny with the recent release of state reports that show that most of its schools have among the highest suspension and expulsion rates in the state, even for children in kindergarten and first grade.

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Chicago plans to open new schools for dropouts amid massive closures

Chicago Public Schools announced plans to open several new schools for former high school dropouts, despite large-scale budget cuts and widespread protests over school closures in the city.

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School hopes talking it out keeps kids from dropping out

Out-of-school suspensions are on the rise across the country, a troubling statistic when you consider being suspended just once ups a student's chances of dropping out entirely. That's why many districts are hoping to keep kids in school by trying an alternative to suspension.

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Michigan school uses peer mediators to avoid suspension

Peer mediation is used at Ypsilanti High School (Ypsilanti, Mich.) as a prevention tactic to stop conflicts before they get too serious. The "conflict-resolution room" is quiet and sparse — just a small couch, some chairs and a plant. For decoration there are a few homemade posters with drawings of shooting stars and signs with slogans like "Together we can!" and "Think before you speak."

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