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Today’s global economy demands a more educated workforce. Communities are working together to improve 21st century learning and increase high school graduation rates to prepare more students for college and successful careers. Public media stations across the country are at the center of this community-based work — from quality content and forums to local partnerships and classroom resources — to increase understanding and access to solutions.

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American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen is a long term public media commitment, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), to help communities implement solutions to the high school dropout crisis. Public media plays a significant role building individual activity, community capacity, and national awareness.

The dropout crisis demands attention now, and we are rising to the challenge of doing our part to address this problem. A new study conducted by the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins School of Education finds that the American Graduate initiative has succeeded in building community capacity to meet the national priority of ending America’s high school dropout crisis.

Working with Alma and Colin Powell’s America’s Promise Alliance, Civic Enterprises, Johns Hopkins Everyone Graduates Center, and The Alliance for Excellent Education, and over 1000 local partners, the initiative puts faces on the numbers and increases understanding of the risks and solutions through national and local content, covering all facets of the issue for broadcast, web and  mobile platforms. In addition, American Graduate is engaging and empowering teachers, parents and students to help those most at risk of dropping out through community collaborations and classroom resources.

More than 80 public radio and television stations in over 30 states have joined forces with over 1000 partners and at-risk schools to shed light on the problem and share solutions. Through American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen, public media is increasing national and local reporting, convening diverse local stakeholders, and providing access to free, digital classroom resources for teachers and parents. By working with the community, public broadcasting stations are increasing the footprint of progress, reaching more children and families to seed the foundation for a prosperous economic future for our country.

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Recent Entries

Governor Kasich Wants High School Work-Study Programs

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 9:34 AM

by Mark Urycki

Governor Kasich wants Ohio students to get some work experience while still in high school.  Speaking at a conference in Cleveland Tuesday Kasich questioned whether schools are training kids for 21st century jobs.

Senator Defends Education Department's ECOT Attendance Report

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 4:17 PM

by Andy Chow

The state’s largest online charter school is crying foul after the education department released a report showing it fell short of its estimated attendance by more than 50%. But a top education lawmaker says Ohio taxpayers deserve to know what their money is going towards. 

A review of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow found that more than half of the students enrolled in the school didn’t do enough work to qualify as full time.

State Finds ECOT Attendance Was Much Lower Than Expected

Monday, September 26, 2016 at 5:44 PM

by Andy Chow

The state education department says Ohio's largest online charter school severely over-reported how many students actually attended class full time. But the school says the state's report is a slap in the face to a pending court battle.

The state says only 40% of the more than 15,000 students enrolled at the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow spent enough time learning during the day to qualify as full-time students. 

Senate Education Committee Reconvenes Tuesday

Monday, September 26, 2016 at 5:26 PM

by Michelle Faust

Although the Lame Duck Legislative Session doesn’t begin until after the November election, the Ohio Senate Education Committee is scheduled to reconvene Tuesday. 

Education Committee Chair Peggy Lehner says a truancy bill is her highest priority.  The Senate Republican from Kettering says the legislation requires schools to look at why students skip class instead of resorting to suspensions.

"To start looking at truancy as a social-emotional issue, as opposed to a judicial-issue."

CTU Membership Votes Down Tentative Agreement with Cleveland Schools

Monday, September 26, 2016 at 1:39 PM

by Michelle Faust

The Cleveland Teachers Union goes back to the drawing board, after a Thursday vote tally showed members rejected a tentative contract with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

Fifty-one percent of union members voted down the tentative agreement.

CTU President David Quolke says he has a few ideas as to why members defeated the contract by a narrow margin.

Districts in Poverty Have Lowest Report Card Grades, New Federal Law Aims to Track Progress

Monday, September 26, 2016 at 12:21 PM

by Michelle Faust

When report cards came out recently, it was not without controversy.

Districts did worse than last year because the tests and the expectations changed. It was harder to get a passing grade.

“But the report card is important. It tells us useful information and we can't just ignore it in this state,” says Howard Fleeter, an economist who consults for the non-profit Ohio Education Policy Institute. “As we raise the bar, we're increasing the challenge disproportionately for districts that are struggling the most.”

School Groups Say Report Shows Continuing Connection Between Poverty And Student Performance

Friday, September 23, 2016 at 11:15 AM

by Karen Kasler

A report commissioned by three groups representing officials from traditional public schools shows what they call a strong link between student performance and household income - in other words, kids in wealthy districts do better on tests on average than kids in poor districts do.

Cleveland Hosts 6th Ohio ESSA Plan Meeting

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 11:33 AM

by Michelle Faust

Educators, administrators, and parents gathered at Cuyahoga Community College Monday night to weigh in on the best way for Ohio to move forward with a new education plan. The state department of education is preparing for the Every Student Succeeds Act.

About 200 stakeholders sat and answered targeted questions about what the state should write into its plan for the federal law known as ESSA. It will replace No Child Left Behind in the 2017-2018 school year.

Watch: Education Round Up on Sound of Ideas: ESSA

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 10:22 AM

This week on Sound of Ideas, StateImpact reporter Michelle Faust discussed the state report cards, the state of Cleveland Schools, and Ohio's ESSA plan.

The full program can be found here: http://www.ideastream.org/programs/sound-of-ideas/education-update-lethal-injection-drugs-and-medical-marijuana-delays​

In Wake Of New State Report Cards, Charter School Leader Has Message For Parents

Friday, September 16, 2016 at 4:57 PM

by Andy Chow

Traditional public schools and charter schools were both on the receiving ends of much lower grades on their state report cards. But one charter advocate who says he has an important message for parents.

Ohio’s charter schools were not immune to the new grade card results that saw a big dip because of increased standards and harder tests.

Of the state’s 280 charters, only five received an A on the test performance portion, and 270 other schools got an F in that section. 

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