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High school graduation rate up sharply, but red flags abound

High school graduation rate up sharply, but red flags abound | Broke Schools | Scoop.it

(Reuters) - For the first time in decades, the United States is making steady gains in the number of high school students earning diplomas, putting it on pace to reach a 90 percent graduation rate by 2020.

 

But the good news comes with a big asterisk: students with learning disabilities and limited fluency in English face long odds to finish high school, with graduation rates for those groups as low as 25 percent in some states, the analysis found. Minority students also continue to fall well behind their white peers, with about one-third of African-American students and 29 percent of Hispanic students dropping out before graduation.

 

The "Building a Grad Nation"


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Daily physical education classes recommended for school children - Health policy solutions

Daily physical education classes recommended for school children - Health policy solutions | Broke Schools | Scoop.it
Daily physical education classes recommended for school children
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In addition to adding daily P.E.

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Technology can cut school costs

Technology can cut school costs | Broke Schools | Scoop.it

"Over four years ago I wrote a column in this space postulating that part of the solution to Wayland’s financial woes was the increased use of educational technology... Subsequently, a school study concluded that use of technology should be radically expanded, a new and dynamic school technology director was hired, the Technology Task Force for the schools was formed, and a firm path to integrating technology into the schools was established. The year 2012 marks a watershed year as, for the first time in Wayland history, every child in the High School will be equipped with a laptop computer."

 


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An Alarming Downward Trend in America’s Concern for Physical Education

An Alarming Downward Trend in America’s Concern for Physical Education | Broke Schools | Scoop.it
Budget cuts have hurt our education system and if these cuts continue then resources physical education departments will continue to be depleted.

This is part 1 of a 2 part story that explores the trends and implications of budget cuts in phsycial education on our children. It includes an infographic. The 2nd part of the article is located at http://www.sparkpe.org/blog/implications-of-removing-physical-education-from-school/


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New School Year Brings More Cuts in State Funding for Schools — Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

New School Year Brings More Cuts in State Funding for Schools — Center on Budget and Policy Priorities | Broke Schools | Scoop.it
Non-partisan research and policy institute working on federal and state fiscal policies and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income Americans...

 

I highlighted a few things from this article worth mentioning here:

 

"Federal employment data show that school districts began reducing the overall number of teachers and other employees in July 2008, when the first round of budget cuts began taking effect. Since then, schools have been shedding jobs steadily; nationwide, schools have cut jobs in 10 of the last 12 months."

 

That being said, if we reduce the number of employees and still expect the remaining employees to enact sweeping reforms, we are putting a lot (of unnecessary?) pressure on them.  Are we setting up staff to fail?

 

" States typically distribute general education aid through formulas that target additional funds to school districts with large shares of low-income and other high-need children and/or with lower levels of taxable wealth. As a result, reductions in “formula” funding may result in particularly deep cuts in general state aid for less-wealthy, higher-need districts unless a state goes out of its way to protect them."

 

Jonathan Kozol would tell us that some things never change. 

 

 

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