dropout prevention

High School's Condom Fliers Prompt Review by Principal

The principal of a Massachusetts high school is reviewing a school-sanctioned sexual education course after a parent complained that a flier about the class advocated condom use. According to the Berkshire Eagle, Pittsfield High School Principal Tracey Benson received the complaint from parent Bruce Radke, who saw a list of 32 phrases -- described as "Condom Sayings" -- that was passed out to about 15 students, including Radke's daughter Aleisha, a junior at the school.

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An Ounce of Prevention

Project 2020 Turns High School Dropouts into Graduates

N.Y. Sen. Schumer Asks Board for Tech Diplomas

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is urging the New York Board of Regents to approve two initiatives that he says will improve graduation rates and reduce young adult unemployment.

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Texas School Chief Wants Minority Progress Charted

Texas' new education commissioner Michael Williams said Thursday that he is considering a new system for rating school success and he thinks it should take into account how well districts are closing the achievement gap between Anglo and minority students.

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High School Dropouts Worsened by Lack of Support

Absence of parental or educational support and becoming a parent are the two top reasons cited by respondents for dropping out of high school, according to the 2012 High School Dropouts in America survey of 513 adults aged 19 to 35.

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Public Media Take on the Dropout Crisis

Early Education Is the Best Crime Deterrent

According to a recently released report that links exposure to high-quality preschool programs to reduced crime, at-risk children and those from low-income backgrounds without access to quality early learning are more likely to be involved in violent crime, arrested, or incarcerated down the road.

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Advocates: Early Education Key to Reducing Crime

The key to eradicating crime and violent behavior, say organizers with the nonprofit Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Pennsylvania, is to invest more resources in early care and child education.

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San Antonio Mayor Says Education Is Key for Latinos

Only about 13% of Hispanic 25- to 29-year-olds complete at least a bachelor's degree, compared with 39% for whites in the same age group and 53% for Asians, according to the Pew Hispanic Center.

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El Paso Schools Rebuild After Fraudulent Testing

During his sophomore year, Jose Avalos was urged by a principal to drop out of high school. The next year, his brother was told to do the same after entering the 10th grade. A third Avalos brother shared the same fate in 2009.

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