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Updated: Two Education Bills That Could Help Ohio’s Dropouts

THOTH 188 / FLICKR This spring, Governor John Kasich called attention to Ohio’s dropout problem when he mentioned the 24,000 students who leave Ohio schools without a diploma each year. In his mid-year budget review, Kasich laid out a number of initiatives to get students at risk of dropping out re-engaged in their education. The resulting legislation made [...]

How The Struggle To Read Becomes A Path To Drop Out

Reading is essential to almost every aspect of learning. When students have poor reading skills, it can put them behind both academically and socially, and decrease their odds of earning a high school diploma. That’s what happened to thirty-year-old Linda Jones. “My process of learning how to read in elementary school was very difficult,” she [...]

The Link Between Teen Pregnancy and High School Dropouts

ssstok / flickr More than 305,000 teenage girls gave birth across the country in 2012, according to data from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. That goes hand in hand with another statistic: 30 percent of teen girls who leave school say it’s due to parenthood. That’s the case for 19-year-old Kathleen Clement, [...]

Life Circumstances Another Factor Why Students Drop Out

LOOP_OH / FLICKR Over the past few months, StateImpact has been reporting on different aspects of the dropout problem in Ohio. Research shows students who have a low level of literacy, a high truancy rate, learning disabilities, or who get pregnant as teens have a higher likelihood of dropping out of school. But there are [...]

Kasich Tacks on New Education Plans In Budget Review Process

STOCK NEWS PHOTO / IDEASTREAM In his state of the state speech last month, Ohio Governor John Kasich said he wants to make a number of changes to education: Develop a plan to keep students from dropping out. Create a community connectors program that integrates mentors and other social services into school districts. Allow middle [...]

How Dropouts Affect Ohio’s Economy

The estimated 24,000 students who drop out of Ohio schools every year lose out on tens of thousands of dollars in annual income. The latest data from the Pew Institute shows the income gap between those with only a high school diploma and those with a bachelor’s degree is $17,500. The Census Bureau shows that gap doubles when comparing those [...]

Kasich Unveils Big Plans For Education in 4th State of the State Speech

MICHELLE KANU / IDEASTREAM Ohio Governor John Kasich devoted nearly 20 minutes to education in his annual State of the State speech on Monday night. After giving a nod to the Cleveland Plan and hinting that he might support other districts seeking help from the state legislature to improve student achievement, Kasich raised a number [...]

Community College Offers Chance for High School Dropouts to Earn Diplomas

Gateway's advisor Michelle Atkinson.

Owens Community College staff member regularly Michelle Atkinson hands out to her students a list of rules she advises them to live by. They’re printed on brightly colored, laminated sheets with “Michelle’s Eleven Commandments” written in bold letters across the top. “Never miss class, pay attention in class, pretend you’re interested even when you’re not,” [...]

Two-Year Colleges Focus on Advising to Prevent Dropouts

Students schedule advising appointments at Tri-C's counseling office.

Anyone who has struggled to graduate can remember a person who intervened and helped them cross the finish line.  For students on the brink of dropping out of community college, proper academic counseling can be the lifeline that gets them back on track. Suzanne Cox often provides that lifeline.  She’s one of 30 full time counselors [...]

Thousands Drop Out of Ohio’s High Schools Every Year

Staff and students stroll the halls at Bedford High School.

Over the next several weeks our education reporting team at StateImpact Ohio will be focusing on what many consider a crisis: kids dropping out of school. The consequences are most often dire – both for the dropout, and the larger society. We begin with an overview: who is dropping out and why, and what their [...]

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