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.”.

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

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The idea, said Ann Swartz-Beckius, interim director of student achievement, is to teach students how to remain calm under pressure, “to tune out the noise in their heads.”. Minnesota ranks among the most educated states in the country, with nearly half of adults aged 25 to 64 holding an associate degree or higher. O]ur institutions were originally structured to serve white middle-class folks who had pretty common perspectives and backgrounds and experiences.

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.

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

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Major funding for SPOTLIGHT EDUCATION is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) as part of American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen, a long-term public media initiative to help all students graduate from high school ready for college and careers.

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DEBT WITHOUT DEGREE: The human cost of college debt that becomes “purgatory”

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After a 20-minute walk, and a 10-minute wait in the rain, DeAngelo Bowie catches the bus to get to work. ATLANTA – DeAngelo Bowie goes to work five days a week at 1 p.m. Because you don’t have the higher credential, you’re not going to be able to get the job to pay it.

Why College Is Not an Employment Agency


It’s decidedly not something to give to a high-school junior looking to get into college. We have to admit,” Cantor assures us,” academic success is a great way to get a job, but a poor way to learn how to do a good job.” Companies take it on faith that that a college degree is worth the handsome salaries graduates command; in contrast, dropouts suffer with little to show for their aborted time in school.

When math lessons at a goat farm beat sitting behind a desk

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Miles Hooper, the 26-year-old manager of Vermont’s largest goat farm, remembers what it’s like to be 16 and not want to be in a classroom. Fortunately, I had the wherewithal to figure out I’m smart in other ways,” Hooper recalls, then stops suddenly, remembering something.

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.

Why Education Power Trumps Voice


Or tried to confront not-so-politically correct topics of race and politics in a way that stayed civil to the last word? Or talked about what it takes for low-income kids to get an internship and work experience? Forty more schools are slated to open this fall or in 2018. Shelton is also preparing to launch a school himself, the North Star College Prep Academy, slated to open in 2018. They want to be co-leaders in their children’s schooling.