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April 19, 2019
Student and parent groups pushing Denver schools to hire ‘counselors, not cops’
Last year, the ratio of students to social workers in Denver was 681-to-1, according to state data. The recommended ratio is 250-to-1.
April 19, 2019
Dedicated teachers, overflowing bathrooms: What Chicagoans want Lori Lightfoot to know about their schools
If you could tell Chicago mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot something about your school, what would it be? When we asked, more than 330 educators,…
after the final bell
April 16, 2019
Is online gambling a ‘window of opportunity’ for after-school programs in Michigan?
Amid a tough budget battle, advocates think the time is right to expand after-school programming statewide.
Breaking school-to-prison pipeline
April 12, 2019
This program helps put arrested Memphis teens on track. Now its funding is in jeopardy.
The $1.2 million federal grant for Project Stand expires this summer and Shelby County Schools has not yet decided if the district will pick up the tab.
Ninth Grade Success
April 11, 2019
Effort to reduce Colorado dropout rate may get $1.5 million boost
When Kenneth Rufino started high school, he had recently arrived from Guatemala with no English skills. He got the educational boost he needed as a…
April 8, 2019
What one sociologist learned following 36 students through Chicago’s high-stakes admissions process
Over a year, one Loyola University researcher followed 36 Chicago eighth-graders as they applied for schools, received acceptances, and enrolled as freshmen.
April 5, 2019
Once in juvenile detention themselves, Memphis students give school officials strategies for keeping others in school
The recommendations include eliminating suspensions and expulsions for elementary school students adn starting morning group check-ins with teachers.
April 4, 2019
Indiana foster children are less likely to graduate, more likely to be suspended, a new report shows
The report, expected to be presented to the Indiana State Board of Education next week, showed that 40 percent of students in foster care attend schools rated C, D, or F.
February 20, 2019
Younger Colorado students seek access to mental health care, without parental permission
A bill before the Colorado legislature would allow younger children to access confidential therapy on their own to fight mental illness and youth…
February 14, 2019
A social worker in every grade? Perhaps for 10 Colorado elementary schools
Educators, parents, and social workers told of students struggling with depression, younger and younger children attempting suicide, and youths ending up in prison. A bill…
How I Lead
January 2, 2019
One Chicago principal’s pledge for 2019: Caring for his teachers
The principal of Chicago’s Sullivan High School in Rogers Park recalls the advice of a mentor to remind himself of the importance of caring for his staff.
secrets to success
November 27, 2018
Seven questions for the cartwheeling Chicagoan named national school counselor of the year
How an award-winning Chicago counselor who calls himself "weird" and "awkward" connects with students and helps them work through challenges.
October 30, 2018
Why two Aurora mothers are campaigning for their school district’s tax request
If Aurora voters approve a $35 million tax request, district officials said one priority will be funding after-school programs.
October 24, 2018
Colorado school districts seek voter support for school safety and mental health resources
Of 29 districts asking voters to increase local taxes, at least 19 have safety projects a priority if measures are approved.
August 31, 2018
What do you say to a young child who might be at risk for suicide?
Talking about suicide with young children can feel scary or inappropriate, but broaching the subject can save lives.
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