RAISING GRADUATION RATES: New Report Examines National and State Progress Toward Increasing Graduation Rates ArticleMarch 23, 2009
The national high school graduation rate remained essentially flat between 2002 and 2006, rising from 73.6 percent in 2002 to 74.0 percent in 2006, according to a new report from the Everyone Graduates Center.
EVERY STUDENT COUNTS: Senator Tom Harkin and Representative Bobby Scott Introduce Legislation on High School Graduation Rates ArticleMarch 23, 2009
In an effort to boost graduation rates in the United States, especially for the low-income and minority students who typically graduate at rates close to 50 percent, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA) reintroduced the Every Student Counts Act (ESCA) on March 17.
In Address to Congress, President Obama Says Dropping Out of High School is “No Longer an Option” ArticleMarch 10, 2009
In an address to a joint session of Congress on February 24, President Barack said that every American will need to get more than a high school diploma, adding that dropping out of high school is “no longer an option.”
With forty-six states facing budget shortfalls, governors and state legislators around the country are rolling up their sleeves and crunching numbers to cut spending and find additional sources of revenue.
In a recent op-ed for the New York Times, columnist Bob Herbert discusses the "wretched state of millions of young people in America's urban centers."
In an Oct. 9 article for the New York Times, Richard Rothstein argues that the country has been so focused on raising standards and improving test scores that it has ignored a 4 percent increase in the high school dropout rate from 26 percent in 1990 to 30 percent in 2000.
Appearing at a high school in Little Rock, Ark., President Bush and U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige announced a new partnership in five states to encourage students to take more rigorous courses in an effort to prepare them for postsecondary education and work.