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An American Graduate Champion commits their time, skills and resources to make sure that young people succeed. He or she is an individual who plays an active role in improving educational outcomes for students. A champion is a parent who is active in the lives of young people or a volunteer who creates a positive environment daily for youth in their community.

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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

CMSD Alerts Parents to Lead in School Fountains

Friday, November 18, 2016 at 12:18 PM

The Cleveland Metropolitan School District sent notice to parents Thursday on the progress of testing for lead in the schools' drinking water.

The announcement alerted parents that the district will remove or replace 79 drinking fountains and 40 faucets that showed elevated lead-levels. Another 40 broken fixtures will also be replaced.

"Of the more than 1,700 water outlets tested fewer than 9 percent were found to have levels of lead elevated enough to warrant replacement of the drinking fountains and faucets affected," the district said in a phone message to parents.

Voters Approved 77% of Local School Funding Issues

Monday, November 14, 2016 at 1:33 PM

Of the more than 150 education-related issues on the state’s local ballots, voters approved more than three-quarters.

The Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) reports voters approved 77 percent of funding issues for schools, which included support for a greater than usual number of new funding issues—56 percent.

Lorain Schools Prepare for State Takeover

Friday, November 11, 2016 at 4:17 PM

by Michelle Faust

A second Ohio school district will follow in Youngstown’s footsteps.   The state is taking control of the low-performing Lorain City School District.

Lorain Schools Superintendent Jeff Graham confirms the district will be controlled by a CEO sometime in the spring or summer of 2017.  Under the provisions of House Bill 70 -- which became law in 2015 – any school district with three years of failing grades will no longer be run by the local school board.

Ohio May Scale Back New High School Graduation Requirements

The Sound of Ideas
Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 9:00 am
Lawmakers and educators say new high school graduation requirements may need altered even before going into effect.

Ohio Slightly Ahead of the Nation in Science Test Scores

Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 5:29 PM

by Michelle Faust

New scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress report show that, on average, Ohio students are ahead in science scores. The Nation’s Report Card came out Thursday revealing how students across the country scored in science in 2015.

Fewer Tests, Better Culture: Ohioans Chime In About New School Standards

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 1:57 PM

by Michelle Faust
(Ohio Public Radio Reporters Kabir Batia and Jerry Kenney contributed to this story.)

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the new federal education law that replaces No Child Left Behind. The legislation gives states their own say in how they implement ESSA with input from their communities. The Ohio Department of Education recently held 10 stakeholder meetings across the state to get the public’s views on education.

No Charter Sponsors Received Ohio's Highest Rating

Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 4:27 PM

by Michelle Faust

The Ohio Department of Education released community school sponsor evaluations Thursday. None of the state’s charter school sponsors received the highest rating of “exemplary.”

ODE looks at factors such as school performance, as well as “quality practices,” like whether they train teachers and have a clear mission.

Five out of 65 of the state’s charter school sponsors were rated effective.

151 Ballot Issues to Fund Local School Districts in Ohio

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 11:49 PM

by Michelle Faust

Throughout Ohio, there are 151 levies, bonds and income tax measures on the November ballot intended to benefit local school districts. About half of these are renewals, but the remainder include requests for new or additional funds for these districts.

Forty-three of the districts in the state are requesting funding to cover their current operating expenses. The Cleveland Metropolitan School District is one of those requesting a renewal of a levy to cover its current costs of doing business.

Listen: Sound of Ideas: Should High-Schoolers Work as Part of Their Schooling?

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 4:06 PM

Training the work force employees of the future while they are still in high school?  The Cristo Rey network of schools, including three here in Ohio, have embraced that concept as part of a work-school model that has caught the attention of Governor John Kasich.  Listen here.

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.