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Seeking answers to the big question: Are students ready to thrive after graduation?
October 5, 2018
Memphis high school’s prized planetarium still needs upgrades, but students are already fascinated by what it can do
The planetarium helps garner student interest in careers they might not have known about before, such as astronomy and aerospace engineering.
September 24, 2018
Chicago is sending more high schoolers to college — but how to get them to graduate?
Senior Tanariya Thompson, 17, said she and her friends at Michele Clark Magnet High School are constantly asking each other about where they…
Where the jobs are
Chicago invests $12 million into expanding pathway to construction trades
A $12 million investment in Charles A. Prosser Career Academy will expand vocational training to include construction trades such as carpentry, electricity and HVAC.
future of work
July 27, 2018
Tennessee approves its first-ever computer science standards for K-8 schools
The state Board of Education gives final approval to new tech benchmarks that will reach classrooms in the fall of 2019.
July 13, 2018
Tennessee’s career readiness program expands beyond high school
Six years after the state launched Pathways Tennessee, a career readiness effort for high school students, the program is growing and rebranding as…
July 12, 2018
The future of education reform in Indiana is pushing career-readiness to the forefront
The goal is set up non-college-bound students for gainful employment in high-demand areas.
July 5, 2018
Amid renewed focus on job training in high school, Memphis students consider their options
Students at Melrose High School cited health sciences, criminal justice, and business management as their top career fields in an informal survey.
June 26, 2018
Low-income Indiana students could qualify for college scholarships — but most don’t even apply
About 46 percent of eligible Indiana students signed up for 21st Century Scholars in 2017.
June 25, 2018
To reinvent career education, these Indiana districts are making up their own rules
The “Coalition of Continuous Improvement School Districts” got go-ahead to start planning earlier this month.
June 21, 2018
Trump’s education department merger plan echoes Indiana priorities under Pence, Holcomb
Across the country, connections between workforce and K-12 education have been increasingly emphasized.
June 18, 2018
Emanuel touts Chicago grads’ successes in defense of CPS
In three commencement speeches, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has touted post-high school success, underscoring a prime education goal that he’s prioritized for more…
May 29, 2018
Indianapolis makes a ‘promise’ of free college for some students
Indy Achieves will include scholarships for Marion County graduates and grants for current college students.
schools of the future
May 23, 2018
What does the ‘future of work’ mean for schools? Big claims leave educators with more questions than answers
Dig into common claims about our changing and you end up knee-deep in mixed messages and muddled statistics. What now?
May 23, 2018
In his last year as governor, Tennessee’s Haslam picked for national education award
Gov. Bill Haslam is being honored for his policy work to expand college access for Tennessee students and prepare them for the workforce.
beyond high school
May 9, 2018
Here’s where you can find new workforce training classes in Memphis
Altogether, the district have about 180 courses to attract more students to its programs.
April 19, 2018
One big upside of career and tech programs? They push more kids to graduate
At these CTE schools, low-income students were 21 percentage points more likely to graduate than their similar peers at typical high schools.
April 12, 2018
Newark looks to build school-to-work ‘pipeline’ by boosting vocational education
Newark school officials want to revamp the district's "archaic" vocational programs so that students are prepared for well-paying jobs.
chasing a diploma
April 9, 2018
New York state inches closer to a new arts assessment that can be used on students’ path to graduation
New York state officials are trying to create a new arts assessment that can be used as one diploma requirement.
navigating the maze
Updated April 2, 2018
This small nudge can help students avoid high schools with low graduation rates, according to a new study
A new study provides insight into how relatively small interventions can change the behavior of city students as they sift choose among more than 400 high schools.
March 28, 2018
Riding the bus. Making friends. Most of all, this Indianapolis program teaches independence.
About 15 students are in Project SITE, which is designed to prepare students with intellectual disabilities for life after school.
March 28, 2018
New York City students can now pass Spanish exam on path to graduation
The change may help non-native English speakers earn a diploma.
outside the box
March 23, 2018
Program to bring back dropout students is one of 10 new ideas Jeffco is investing in
The district announced the winners of the innovation fund competition this month.
March 15, 2018
Strike vote by Denver teachers no longer imminent due to contract extension
District officials agreed to the union’s request to extend the current agreement until January 2019.
On the brink
March 14, 2018
Denver teachers union leaders vote to call for a strike vote if pay negotiations fail
“Teachers don’t think the district is taking them seriously."
March 13, 2018
In-state tuition bill for Tennessee’s undocumented immigrants clears first legislative hurdle
The bill would provide in-state tuition to any student who attends a Tennessee high school for at least three years, regardless of their immigration status.
March 8, 2018
Meet the Staten Island elementary school determined to start college-readiness in kindergarten
One Staten Island elementary school has embarked on a bold new experiment to prepare students for life after high school as soon as possible.
February 22, 2018
I was an attorney representing school districts in contract talks. Here’s why I hope the Supreme Court doesn’t weaken teachers unions.
Based on my experience, I have this to say to those hoping the Court will strike down these "agency fees" and weaken unions: be careful what you wish for.
February 12, 2018
Workforce training programs may soon look different in Memphis schools
A proposed revamp of career and technical education will be presented this month to the school board for Shelby County Schools.
February 7, 2018
Education group that started in a Memphis classroom wins national Renewal Award
Let's Innovate Through Education is among 25 nonprofit organizations chosen out of 3,000 that were nominated.
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January 31, 2018
She’s not a therapist. This middle school counselor helps prepare students for college and careers.
In our new “How I Help” series, we feature school counselors, social workers and psychologists across Colorado who have been recognized for their work. It…
future of work
January 29, 2018
Memphis charter school creates classroom inside international manufacturing hub
The Memphis-based program comes amidst renewed emphasis on career and technical education as part of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Drive to 55 initiative.
January 24, 2018
Indiana school districts could sidestep state law under a new proposal encouraging ‘innovation’
A proposal to allow schools and districts to waive state education rules in the name of innovation is the latest Indiana legislation with ties to…
January 12, 2018
Apprenticeships are now open for the second round of CareerWise high school students
More than half the companies that signed on for the launch of Colorado’s apprenticeship program CareerWise have renewed.
Business of education
January 12, 2018
Memphis leaders say diversifying school business contracts will help in the classroom, too
Since poverty is a crucial factor in why many students fall behind in school, the lack of job opportunities for their parents must be part of the discussion.
a closer look
December 19, 2017
Retracted: A Plus Colorado takes down report on which high schools send graduates to top colleges
A Plus Colorado relied on data from the Colorado Department of Higher Education, but some key information was missing.
Getting the diploma
December 11, 2017
New York eases graduation requirements for students with disabilities
Students with disabilities will soon be able to earn an alternative diploma without passing any of the state’s exit exams.
December 6, 2017
New York’s free-college program comes with a big catch: Students who fall off track risk losing their scholarships
One early sign of the program’s effectiveness will be whether students can keep up with their classwork.
November 30, 2017
DeVos calls America still ‘a nation at risk,’ cheers GOP tax plan
The nation's ed chief tells a summit gathering in Nashville that not much has changed since the landmark Reagan-era report indicting America’s public schools.
November 29, 2017
Now up for negotiation: ProComp, Denver’s teacher pay-for-performance system
Teachers have said the system is confusing and complicated.
November 27, 2017
Jeb Bush, Betsy DeVos to rally education reformers this week at Nashville summit
The gathering of some 1,100 reform-minded players comes as efforts to reengineer education as a consumer choice have buoyed under the Trump administration.
A Whole New World
November 21, 2017
Strict rules, Snapchat, and eerie quiet: A first-generation college student adjusts to life on campus
For a New York City teen attending an upstate college, the first semester on campus is a whirlwind of social and academic adjustments.
Updated November 21, 2017
To back up claim that schools must change, DeVos cites made-up statistic about the future of work
Betsy DeVos made a remarkable claim about the future of work — but it appears to have no basis in fact.
path to college
November 15, 2017
Nearly 60 percent of New York City students are heading to college, new data shows
Among city students who entered high school in 2012, 57 percent went on to enroll in college, vocational programs, or “public-service programs” such as the military.
November 9, 2017
For almost half of Memphis graduates, formal education ends after high school
New state reports are highlighting where students are going after graduating from high school.
here's the plan
November 8, 2017
Holcomb’s 2018 education goals skip some of Pence’s most controversial priorities
Holcomb announced his 2018 legislative agenda Wednesday morning.
career and technical education
October 27, 2017
Betsy DeVos returns to Indianapolis to highlight career and technical education during national FFA convention
This was DeVos' third visit to Indiana since taking office.
getting to graduation
October 18, 2017
A capstone project before graduation? New York debates new ways to earn a diploma
As New York continues to rethink what students must do to graduate high school, state policymakers floated their latest idea Monday.
October 4, 2017
New York’s graduation rate could drop under new federal education law
It’s possible the federal graduation rate will exclude New York’s “local” diploma, a less rigorous diploma earned by only about 4 percent of graduating students.
October 2, 2017
22,000 New Yorkers will get new college scholarship from the state after 94,000 applied
Nearly 22,000 New York state students qualified for the first round of the state’s new “Excelsior Scholarship,” which provides free tuition at CUNY and SUNY schools.
opening a path
August 30, 2017
College in high school: More Denver schools offer students affordable head start on a degree
“Our students know early on they have a path to college."
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