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July 26, 2011 08:40 pm

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The Huffington Post writes that Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), a former superintendent of Denver’s public schools, sees the holdup on overhauling No Child Left Behind as having little to do with education and everything to do with politics: “I’ve learned more about how schools work than how the United States Senate works … For the life of me, it’s hard to see why we can’t make progress on this.”

As part of NPR’s special series “School’s Out: America’s Dropout Crisis,” Claudio Sanchez tells the first three stories in the five-part series:

Part 1: From Drug Dealing To Diploma, A Teen’s Struggle
No statistic in education is more damning than the nation’s dropout rate. Almost four million students start ninth grade every year. One in four won’t graduate.

Part 2: A Young Mom Resists A Cycle Of Failure
Of the million or so kids who drop out of school every year, nearly half are girls. They drop out for the same reasons boys do: they skip school, fall behind academically and they’re bored. But the single biggest reason girls drop out is because they get pregnant.

Part 3: Teen Fights to Succeed in Rural S.C. Community
A fifth of the nation’s public school students attend rural schools, but nearly a third of those kids don’t graduate. In fact, many schools that researchers have labeled “dropout factories” are in rural communities. No state has more than South Carolina, which has fifty. In this state, lots of teenagers just don’t think they need a high school diploma.

The New York Times reports that Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Monday legislation that would allow illegal immigrants to receive privately financed scholarships for state universities. The bill is part of package known as the California Dream Act, which would entitle those students to the same kind of state aid that American citizens and legal residents can receive.

Read the Baltimore Sun’s recent “Inside Ed” blog post about linking teacher compensation to student growth.

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