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Online learning can open doors for kids in juvenile jails

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CHICAGO — By Marquell Brown’s count, he has been locked up “roughly 42 times” since 2009. The online coursework is designed by the education company Pearson. Illinois’ effort to bring online learning to juvenile justice facility classrooms is rare nationwide.

Asking too much of high school graduates but not enough of businesses that employ them

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Even though the unemployment rate has improved in the last decade, the class of 2016 joined “a sizable backlog of unemployed college graduates” dating back to 2009, the study found. Related: Learning is social and emotional; our classrooms should be too. Real innovation would oblige companies and colleges to see themselves as the 13th and 14th grades. Andre Perry Columnists Higher Ed K-12 Graduation and dropouts Higher education completion

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

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Companies like Amazon and Netflix have been using data tools like these for years to track our clicks and steer us to buy or watch more of their products. James Wiley is a technology analyst with Eduventures, which does consulting work for companies in the predictive analytics industry. It’s grown into a $500 million market with more than 30 for-profit companies selling predictive analytics tools to colleges. And new companies were popping up to sell data analytics packages.