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

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“Since my parents didn’t get much education, it’s hard to talk to them about my schoolwork and applying to college, or how to plan my time and get everything done,” says Mariano Almanza, 18, pictured speaking with his Coronado High School guidance counselor, Colleen McElvogue.

Held back, but not helped

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To her, earning her diploma, even two years late, feels like something of a miracle. It was hard to get up in the morning and go to school,” she said. “I I wanted to give up. I felt like I was already behind and I was too old to still be in high school.”.

High schools fail to provide legally required education to students with disabilities

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Read the whole series, “ Willing, able and forgotten: How high schools fail special ed students,” here. As a teenager, Michael McLaughlin wanted to go to college. With help, he should have been able to graduate alongside his classmates, ready to pursue higher education.

The vast majority of students with disabilities don’t get a college degree

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Read the whole series, “ Willing, able and forgotten: How high schools fail special ed students,” here. For those that enroll in two-year schools, the outcomes aren’t much better: 41 percent, according to federal data. Our kids are graduating to the couch.”.

Getting a GED while still enrolled in high school

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Laci Hargrove, 18, who fell short of the high school credits she needed to graduate, moved straight from high school to a HiSET-prep program that also provides her with needed social supports. She had once planned to graduate with her class by the age of 17.

Why haven’t new federal rules unleashed more innovation in schools?

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And it has everything to do with the policies of the states.”. His school and his state are trailblazers in personalized learning, a method that tailors instruction to students’ individual interests and learning speeds. 15, according to the U.S.