Alternative High School

Posted May 3, 2017

3 Ways We Can Start Counting High School Graduates Accurately and Raise Graduation Rates

This week, the GradNation campaign released a report allowing people to compare graduation rates among states and to the national average of 83.2 percent. If…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Mar. 28, 2017

Superintendent Search Reveals That Omaha Public Schools Just Can’t Seem to Get It Together

After receiving 33 applications from 19 different states, in February, Omaha Public Schools (OPS) announced three finalists for their soon-to-be vacant superintendent post. But, on…

By Katie Linehan

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Posted Feb. 24, 2017

Hey, ProPublica, No Child Left Behind and Charter Schools Aren’t the Root Cause of Gaming the System

Earlier this week, ProPublica published a data-heavy exposé showing how school districts across the country are offloading struggling students into alternative high school programs with weak…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Jan. 25, 2017

Here’s How We Support the Schools Who Help the Kids Most at Risk

Did you know that students from low-income families are five times more likely to drop out of high school than their high-income counterparts? Enter New…

By Lisa DiGaudio

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Posted May 25, 2016

Charter Schools Are Graduating Students in High Numbers, But Here Are Some That Aren’t

If you need a pick-me-up inspiration after a long hard year of working on education, nothing lifts your spirits like the images of proud young…

By Alex Medler

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Posted May 9, 2016

Ask the Right Questions About Charter School Graduation Rates

A few years ago, the California Charter School Association revealed Golden State charter performance didn’t align to the usual bell-shaped curve, but instead was clustered…

By Nelson Smith

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Posted Oct. 16, 2015

A Student’s Solution to High School Reform

The Hechinger Report writes a lot about reforming our nation’s public high schools, so this time they looked for a different perspective—from a student. Jerika Miller, 16, shares some critical ingredients to turnaround success: a combination of strong relationships and engaging classrooms. Listening to students and looking out for those students who don’t talk a lot, or don’t engage a lot in class, looking out for them and asking them…

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Posted Sep. 22, 2015

‘Diploma Plus’ Operates Small High Schools for Students on Verge of Dropping Out Where Time is Variable and Learning is Constant

Gail Robinson of The Hechinger Report profiles Diploma Plus, an organization that operates small alternative high schools for students who have repeatedly failed a grade and are on the verge of dropping out. Unlike most schools where time is constant and learning is variable, Diploma Plus has flipped the paradigm and made learning constant and time variable. Robinson sits down with William Diehl, who has been involved with Diploma Plus since its…

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Posted Oct. 22, 2020

If You Care About Educational Justice in Your Community, #GetEducated and #VoteLocal

Focus on what the talking heads have to say and you would think there’s nothing more to this election than donkeys and elephants.  Yes, we’re…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Oct. 22, 2020

School Boards Are on the Ballot in 28 States This November

In Texas, California, Michigan, New York and 24 other states, school boards are on the ballot this November. That means folks in those places may…

By Brianna Crowley

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Posted Oct. 20, 2020

You Can’t Sit This Election Out. Your Students Are Watching.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016.  I arrive at school bleary and unfocused—up too late the night before, fitful sleep, early rise. Class hasn’t started yet, students…

By Jay Wamsted

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