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Literacy Advocate Talks Up Campaign For Grade-Level Reading

A national advocate for literacy told a Cleveland audience today that efforts to boost kids’ reading skills must extend beyond the walls of the public schools. Ralph Smith directs the Campaign for Grade Level Reading spearheaded by the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation. Smith reflected on his own experience falling in love with reading at [...]

National Advocate Discusses Early Childhood Reading at City Club

Barbara O’Brien, National Policy Director for the Campaign for Grade Level Reading, spoke at the City Club on June 6. Dr. O’Brien discussed how the campaign collaborates with foundations and communities across the country to help increase the high school graduation rate for students from low-income families. The Campaign focuses on grade-level reading by the [...]

The Impact of Foster Care on Students’ Education

STEVENDEPOLO / FLICKR Harold Sloke was 12-years-old when he entered South Carolina’s foster care system. Not long after that, he ended up repeating ninth grade three times. “A lot of my caseworkers believed I would never graduate, so they just kept passing me along, and I kept getting into trouble,” Sloke told The Annie E. [...]

Report Says Millions Start College, but Don’t Finish

JMAZ PHOTO / FLICKR Over the past 20 years, more than 31 million Americans started college, but never walked across the stage to grab a diploma, according to a recent report by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Not earning a degree can prove to be a costly decision. The income of the average bachelor’s [...]

Kent State Wants to Win Back Fomer Students

BRIAN BULL / IDEASTREAM Kent State University is going on a search– for students. The university is planning to offer some former students who have left the school a second chance to finish their degrees. Kent State is looking for a specific group of students: those who have dropped out over the past two years, [...]

How Charter Schools Are Using Sophisticated Marketing To Lure Students

Ohio charter schools are appealing to students’ and parents’ emotions in their advertising in order to persuade students their school is a better choice than regular public school, according to a story published by the Beacon Journal. Ashley Morris and Brittany Landsberger of TheNewsOutlet.org, a student journalism project, write that charter schools are finding success [...]

The Dropout Dilemma: Panel Explores Causes And Solutions

There are many reasons kids drop out of school: lack of parental guidance, poverty, crisis circumstances such as pregnancy, disinterest, and the list goes on. Dropping out occurs to some degree in just about every community. But it’s most concentrated in poor, urban school districts.  And it was there that a special edition of Ideas, [...]

How Ohio’s Big Urban Districts Intervene To Prevent Dropouts

DAVEDILLIONPHOTO / FLICKR For decades, districts have struggled to address the needs of the students considered most at risk of never graduating. In 1963, the Ohio Department of Education developed two programs to give those students work experience since they were likely leaving school to get a low-skilled job anyway. Over the years, those programs [...]

Why Being A Truancy Officer “Is Like Running in Mud”

Truancy officer Larry Keating works on paperwork at his desk in Springfield, Ohio.

Every morning Larry Keating parks himself near the entrance to Keifer Academy in Springfield, Ohio – a city of about 60,000 west of Columbus. As students shuffle in, his blue-grey eyes are busy behind his silver glasses, continually darting from the doors to his attendance sheet. Back and forth, back and forth. His pencil hits [...]

Northeast Ohio’s Dropout Dilemma

LOOP_OH / FLICKR We’ve talked a lot about Ohio’s dropout problem: who’s dropping out, common reasons why students may leave, and how dropouts affect Ohio’s economy. According to the Ohio Education Research Center’s dropout tracking report, dropouts are a big problem for the state’s “Big 8″ urban districts. Northeast Ohio’s a bit unique, in that [...]

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