School counselors keep kids on track. Why are they first to be cut?

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Aimed at curbing dropouts, improving graduation rates and sending more kids to college and other postsecondary programs, the corps is designed to offset a growing achievement gap in this relatively affluent but increasingly diverse state.

Held back, but not helped

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Most students lost months or even years of school time after Katrina hit in 2005. But they have much better tools than they did in 2005 when the retention policy was put into place,” he said. K-12 News Civil rights Graduation and dropouts Social emotional

In rural Maine, a university eliminates most Fs in an effort to increase graduation rates

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Only 11 percent of the students who entered UMPI in 2005 graduated in four years, and only 30 percent graduated in six — all at a time when the region desperately needs more college grads. Professor Scott Dobrin works with two students inside a lab at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

Higher education must stand up for Puerto Rico

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Consequently, mainland colleges must open their doors as they did for New Orleans co-eds who could not return to their campuses in the immediate aftermath of Katrina in 2005; there is a blueprint.

A school once known for gang activity is now sending kids to college

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Ocon, who had been at the school since 2005, became convinced that the source of the dismal performance numbers was not the kids but a hidebound curriculum that was simply not working to their benefit. K-12 News achievement gap Graduation and dropouts poverty Solutions standards

Why high school football is making a comeback in New Orleans

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His mother, Tyra Hales, signed him up for a youth team at a park near their home in Gentilly, a predominantly black neighborhood that was inundated by Hurricane Katrina’s floodwaters for weeks in 2005. K-12 News Charters Graduation and dropouts Higher education access School choice

How a Chinatown school is trying to bring more diversity to theater

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In 2005, Lee co-founded NAAP to offer summertime musical theater programs to schoolchildren in Chinatown. A study found an 18-percent difference between dropout rates for low-income students with high arts participation (4 percent drop out) and those with less arts involvement (22 percent).