Monday, June 17, 2013
By Beth Fertig
After seeing high school graduation rates improve under his watch, Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended the slight decline on Monday as a sign that the city is holding steady despite the state's tougher graduation standards.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
SchoolBook wishes its readers and listeners a Happy Thanksgiving. The site will be dark Thursday through the weekend. During the holiday, take a moment to share this story from a recent high school graduate who almost didn't make it through tenth grade. He makes a point of thanking one teacher, and his mom.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The writer/producer of Frontline’s film “Dropout Nation” talks about what it takes to keep students in high school. Frontline spent a semester inside Sharpstown High School in Houston, Texas, a once-notorious “dropout factory” to document students in crisis and the teachers, counselors, and principal struggling to get them to graduation day.
Monday, September 24, 2012
More than 100 public television stations broadcasted a seven-hour telethon on Saturday to draw attention to the nation’s high school dropout crisis. It was just one piece of a larger "American Graduate" initiative.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Regents, heat, finals, heat, graduation, heat, and confusing end-of-year schedules are on the minds of city school parents, students and teachers this Thursday in June. So as a diversion, let's go to Washington, where a visual stunt on the National Mall tried to focus attention on the state of the nation's schools.
Monday, June 04, 2012
By Beth Fertig
The city is proposing to give a small number of students who have been held back at least once a chance of moving ahead to the next grade if they fail their state exams again this summer. But the students' principals will have to prove they are making progress on at least two measures of performance.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
By Patricia Willens : Editor, WNYC News
Listeners to the Brian Lehrer Show weigh in on the president's proposal to raise the compulsory schooling age to 18, with strong opinions for and against. An economist says the data supports the idea that the longer students stay in school the more likely they are to graduate, and to fare better in the workplace.