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September 26, 2014 11:45 am

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 Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education Deborah Delisle visited Monache High in Porterville, CA on Thursday to see for herself a program linking academics, career technical education and workplace experience. The Fresno Bee

New research from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) reveals that students who attend schools with a focus on deeper learning are more likely to graduate on time and demonstrate higher achievement and test scores, as well as an increased likelihood of college attendance. After you check out the report, be sure to check out this blog from Robert Rothman, senior fellow at the Alliance for Excellent Education, delving in the great implications of the AIR study and what the results could mean for education equity.

Texas has gone from an example of the nation’s dropout crisis to the second-highest graduation rate in the country. But that climb has not been matched by success in measures of college and career readiness. The Texas Tribune

A report released Friday identifies such early risk factors that can derail DC public school students from a path to graduation in attempts to determine who drops out of the city’s public schools, why students get off track and what kinds of programs and schools are best at helping them persevere. The Washington Post

Students in Jefferson County, CO continued their protest Thursday after members of the school board called for a review of the new Advanced Placement U.S. History (APUSH) curriculum last Friday to see whether it promotes “respect for authority” or encourages “civil disorder, social strife or disregard for the law.” The Huffington Post

New York City will not send any latecomer students to at least two long-struggling high schools this year, officials said. The shift marks an acknowledgement that some schools have been overburdened by students who arrive mid-year, and suggests that the city will consider adjusting enrollment policies as it tries to prop up troubled schools. Chalkbeat NY

New data from the U.S. Department of Education shows there are more homeless students in the nation than ever before, but that doesn’t necessarily dissuaded those students from getting the quality education they deserve. David Boone was homeless at 15; sleeping in a park, but always attending school. In a district where dropouts are common, Boone stayed. He’s a junior at Harvard now and has a co-op job with Microsoft next spring. State Impact

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