"QUALITY EDUCATION TOO LONG DELAYED IS EDUCATION DENIED": In Campaign-Like Speech, Secretary Duncan Turns Up the Heat on ESEA Reauthorization: Pushed to the back burner by the economic recession and health care debate, among other issues, the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) received a much-needed spark from a speech that U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan gave on September 24.
GRADUATION PROMISE ACT: New Legislation Would Provide $2.5 Billion for Low-Performing High Schools: Low-performing high schools would be eligible for $2.5 billion in federal funds under new legislation introduced on September 23 by U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM). The bill, the Graduation Promise Act (GPA), or S. 1698, would provide money to districts and states to help them implement effective, research-based reforms tailored to the specific needs of high schools.
ALLIANCE FOR EXCELLENT EDUCATION UNVEILS NEW MODEL LINKING HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES TO ECONOMIC RECOVERY: If twelve of the nation's largest cities were to reduce the number of dropouts for a single high school class by just 50 percent, they would see a total of more than $1.5 billion per year in additional wages and 61,800 new homeowners, according to a new economic analysis by the Alliance for Excellent Education.
HELPING STUDENTS NAVIGATE THE PATH TO COLLEGE: New Report From the What Works Clearinghouse Examines What High Schools Can Do to Boost College Enrollment: In an effort to help more high schools graduate their students prepared for college, the What Works Clearinghouse recently released Helping Students Navigate the Path to College: What High Schools Can Do, a practice guide for high schools and school districts. The guide contains five recommendations on what educators, administrators, and policymakers can do, beginning in the ninth grade, to prepare students academically for college, assist them in completing the steps to college entry, and improve their likelihood of enrolling in college.