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June 26, 2017
How one Brooklyn teen gave up gang life for a shot at graduation
"I just said, ‘You can’t give up, you can’t give up.’”
Week In Review
June 9, 2017
Week in review: A morning in a crowded classroom and 13 other things you should know about Detroit education
There was a lot to read about Detroit schools this week including our peek inside a Detroit classroom where 37…
grades for cash
May 9, 2017
Top high school scholars receive top dollar for achievements in Memphis
Shelby County Schools presents checks to valedictorians and salutatorians at its annual senior gala.
July 5, 2016
New ‘early warning’ system aims to help Memphis high schools identify potential dropouts
A new early warning system coming to Shelby County Schools is designed to quickly alert teachers and administrators when a student hits indicators of dropping out.
Class of 2016
Updated June 30, 2016
‘This the adult world, and now I’m in it’: How two young women took on real life before graduating high school
“All of these bad things just all happened at once and I really, really wanted to quit.”
Class of 2016
June 24, 2016
Graduates bid farewell to Boys and Girls, a beloved high school with an uncertain future
Boys and Girls High School held its graduation ceremony Friday, a day after the city said the principal it had brought in to revamp the school was leaving.
Class of 2016
June 23, 2016
From ABCs to MIT: Brooklyn Tech’s valedictorian helps inspire students at her former middle school
An M.S. 88 graduate comes full circle and tells the class of 2016 how her time there shaped her growth in high school and beyond.
a tricky path
May 13, 2016
New rules to help New York students graduate offer ‘false promise,’ school leaders say
High schools serving a lot of struggling students might not be able to take advantage of a new state policy designed to help more students graduate.
chasing a diploma
April 28, 2016
Can you avoid conflict in the break room? It could now help you graduate from high school in New York
Students in New York state can now earn a high school diploma, in part, by answering multiple-choice questions about workplace situations.
March 2, 2016
To help more students graduate on time, this Aurora high school is staying open late
Hinkley High's on-time graduation rate is 60 percent. It's new night school aims to improve those numbers.
all eyes on you
June 25, 2015
De Blasio hails ‘rebirth’ at Boys and Girls HS, whose new leader has made big changes
Students say new principal Michael Wiltshire has raised expectations and added supports, but others say struggling students were pressured to leave.
Politics & Policy
May 19, 2015
National dropout expert: 'Cultural change' needed to improve graduation rates
The state's graduation rate is at an all-time high at 89.8 percent, according to the Indiana Department of Education.
November 10, 2014
City touts slight uptick in college readiness as new school reports go online
Slightly more students left high school last year ready for college or jobs, though fewer than one-third of graduates met the academic skill requirements of the city’s public university system, according to city data released Monday.
May 16, 2014
At Soulsville Charter School, every senior earns admission to a four-year college
In a city where just 30 percent of public school students are college-bound, every one of Soulsville's seniors was admitted to a four-year college, and many were admitted to more than one.
June 14, 2013
U.N. secretary general, 'Radiolab' host to address city graduates
The most email newsletter of Democracy Prep Public Schools touted Ban Ki-Moon, United Nations secretary general, as the speaker for the charter network's first high school graduation ceremony. He joins dozens of other prominent people who will appear at city schools' graduations this month. The secretary general of the United Nations joins luminaries in media, the arts, and public service as speakers at city graduation ceremonies this month. Ban Ki-Moon will speak June 24 at Democracy Prep Charter High School, which is graduating its first class this year. Recruiting the graduation speaker was a feather in the cap for Seth Andrew, the charter network's founding director, who is stepping down at the end of the month. Among the many Ray Kelly, the city's police commissioner, and Salvatore Cassano, the fire department commissioner, are each speaking at high schools with a focus on public safety. A Baltimore Ravens football player will speak at a Manhattan school that serves many transfer students. And in a coup that is likely to excite teachers, Jad Abumrad, host of NPR's "Radiolab," is speaking June 24 at Lyons Community School in Brooklyn.
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