Segregated schools are still the norm. Howard Fuller is fine with that

The Hechinger Report

It’s the first week of school at Milwaukee Collegiate Academy, a charter high school Fuller founded in 2003 that’s housed in a low-slung concrete warehouse just a five-minute drive from the North Division campus.

Reimagining failure: ‘Last-chance’ schools are the future of American high schools

The Hechinger Report

It is features like these that have helped former high school dropouts like Rocheli Burgos — and other students who have struggled in school — get a second chance at earning a diploma. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts Mental health and trauma Personalized Learning Solutions

Minnesota has a persistent higher-ed gap: Are new efforts making a difference?

The Hechinger Report

Though some programs have helped lower dropout rates and improved graduation rates for students of color, the gap in the percentage of students finishing a degree has barely budged across the 30 community colleges in the Minnesota State Colleges and University system. Before Ontere leaves, she schedules a follow-up meeting and hands him a meal voucher. College dropouts cost Minnesota millions of dollars in wasted subsidies and lost revenue each year.

What healthcare innovators can learn from academic coaches in higher ed

The Christensen Institute

This echoes a 2009 report by Public Agenda for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which found that boredom played a major or minor role in 45% of recent college dropouts’ decisions to leave school. An outgrowth of Southern New Hampshire University’s original online program, CfA’s entire business model is designed to meet the needs of its target population: non-degreed, working adults who require new skills to advance in the workplace.

Colleges are using big data to track students in an effort to boost graduation rates, but it comes at a cost

The Hechinger Report

In meetings with his academic adviser during the second semester of his freshman year, Robinson said he learned that though his GPA was solid, the school’s computer algorithm saw trouble. The dropout problem got a lot worse in the 1990s when more people started attending college.

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PBS to Present “Spotlight Education,” A Special Week of Programming Featuring Reports About America’s Students and New Models of Learning, September 12-17

EdNews Daily

Combining current-day footage, at the time of their hoped-for high school graduation, with a wealth of material shot over more than a decade, starting in 2003 when they were just entering their first year of school, the film reveals who has made it through, despite daunting obstacles.

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