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Ohio Education Leaders Discuss the State of ‘Dropout Prevention and Recovery Schools’

Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 12:41 PM

by Michelle Faust

Education leaders from around Ohio met in Columbus Wednesday to discuss the state of ‘dropout prevention and recovery schools.’

The committee was formed as part of house bill 2—that measure creates reforms for the state’s charter schools.

‘Dropout prevention and recovery schools’ are safety-net programs for students who have left more traditional schools.

State Auditor Conducts Surprise Attendance Count at Charter Schools

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 10:30 AM

by Andy Chow

Auditor Dave Yost has said he wants to keep tabs on charter schools and their reported attendance, since those schools get state funding based on the number of students they have enrolled and attending classes.

On one day in 2014, he ordered staffers to show up at charter schools for surprise visits to take attendance. Yost said then that those pop-ins found nearly half the schools had the number of students they told the state they did.

House Passes Bill To Combat Student Truancy

Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 6:29 PM

by Andy Chow

Cleveland Schools Push Attendance and Mentorship

Friday, February 19, 2016 at 4:36 PM

The Cleveland Metropolitan School District is making a special effort this year to reduce absenteeism.    They’ve found that missing school days is a serious detriment to a child’s chances of graduating high school. 

District officials are hoping they’ve turned the corner on the problem.  Mark Urycki has details .



The Gap in Cleveland's High School Graduation Rates

Monday, February 15, 2016 at 6:11 PM

By Elizabeth Miller 

At an American Graduate forum hosted by ideastream last month, Cleveland Metropolitan School District CEO Eric Gordon said that African-American and Hispanic graduation rates are both higher than white student graduation rates.  

According to numbers from the 2013 to 2014 school year, the minority graduation rate in Cleveland’s 23 high schools was almost 10 percentage points higher than that of white students.

One reason for this is that minority students far outnumber white students.

“The larger the number, the higher the percentage,” said Karen Thompson, Deputy Chief of Curriculum and Instruction at CMSD.  She says out of 1800 African Americans that should have graduated on time, 1300 did.

For non-Hispanic white students at the start of high school, the number was 395, with 268 graduating on time.

Thompson says Cleveland schools have learned the dropout problem affects everyone, regardless of race or ethnicity.

“One of the big shifts for us as a community is that it can’t be any one group, or one person, or one category of people in the school," said Thompson.

"It needs to be a community of support around the students.”

Speaking at ideastream, CMSD chief Eric Gordon said that an income gap tops his list of concerns.

“We have to continue to pay attention to the gap within our city, but the real gap – the gap that matters – is that my kids, my student scholars, when they graduate – that the diploma means the same thing it does in Beachwood or Solon," said Gordon.

"That’s an income gap problem for us.”

Karen Thompson cites programs like “Closing the Achievement Gap”, initially started for African-American boys, as another initiative helping to improve graduation rates in the city.  

For HBCUs, Boosting Graduation Rates May Affect The Bottom Line

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 5:10 PM

0513dropoutFor the more than 100 historically black colleges and universities nationwide, boosting graduation rates can be an uphill climb.

The schools commonly referred to as ‘HBCUs’ enroll many low-income, minority students who may not be academically prepared for college.

Puerto Rican Engineers Mentor Dayton Youth

Monday, May 4, 2015 at 4:00 PM


Jerry Kenney / WYSO

At El Puente Tutoring Center in the Twin Towers district in Dayton, students are preparing balloons for an experiment.

As Funding Dries Up, A Rural School District Struggles To Help Latino Kids

Friday, April 24, 2015 at 3:12 PM


Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Tecumseh School District, just outside of Springfield, includes the tiny towns of New Carlisle and Medway—and a whole lot of farm fields and two-lane highways.

Dayton Groups Work Toward Kindergarten Readiness For Latino Students

Friday, April 17, 2015 at 11:30 AM


Jerry Kenney / WYSO

It’s pretty much accepted by education researchers that preschool attendance has positive long term effects—people who go to preschool are more likely to be successful in K-12 education and to adapt socially to being around other kids.

Life Outside The Classroom Can Often Be The Biggest Challenge for Students

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 11:10 AM


Keihen Kitchen / ideastream staff

Just five years ago, Keihen Kitchen had a lot on her plate.