Sunday, May 28, 2006

This Week's News: 28 May, 2006


Dropout Data Raise Questions on 2 Fronts
The Washington Post, DC – May 23, 2003
Economist Larry Mishel was troubled by high school graduation statistics that contradicted what he thought was good research. That was particularly true of data used by many politicians and pundits to bemoan a 30 percent dropout rate in American high schools.

Counting Diplomas and 9th-Graders
The Washington Post, DC – May 23, 2006
We do not share [Larry] Mishel and [Joydeep] Roy's faith in the accuracy of graduation rate estimates from surveys. Even very well-done surveys like [the National Education Longitudinal Study] have difficulty identifying and tracking dropouts. Young people who do not graduate high school are on the margins of society and do not make themselves easily available to researchers.

Tracking Students Over Time Using Surveys
The Washington Post, DC – May 23, 2006
Larry Mishel and Joydeep Roy question conventional dropout estimates …

The Governor’s Plan: Lease Out Lottery to Fund Education
Daily Herald, IL – May 23, 2006
Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich today will unveil an election-year school funding plan that calls for leasing the state lottery for the next decade to a private firm in return for $10 billion in upfront cash.

Leaving Boys Behind: Public High School Graduation Rates
TA Communities - May 12, 2006
... rates in relation to race and gender. results of the study include information on the gender and race gaps, low/high performing school districts, as well as the overall trends in graduation rates in ...

Dropout Prevention Plan Nears Completion
Yarmouthport Register, MA – May 25, 2006
... the problem of the persistent, unacceptably high dropout rate in the Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District. ... with past and potential drop- outs, factors were ...

Second Chance at a High School Diploma
KPLC-TV, LA - May 22, 2006
... getting their high school diplomas through the Credit Recovery Program-- a program that allows drop outs and failing students to earn high school credits using ...

Foster Care

Foster Kids Beat the Odds
The Chicago Tribune, IL – May 24, 2006
…Through statewide tours, the department is aggressively recruiting wards for its college scholarships and a new summer internship program. The highest achieving high school graduates can earn stipends and free tuition to state universities. Others qualify for free community college tuition or stipends for vocational training.

County Foster Kids Not Prepared
San Mateo County Times, CA – May 26, 2006
... In San Mateo County, those foster youth who go through the Independent Living Skills Program fare better: 89 percent graduated high school and 71 percent went ...

San Mateo County Unveils Foster Youth Art Exhibit

CBS 5, CA - May 23, 2006
... Foster Care Month" in San Mateo County, county officials unveiled Monday a unique art exhibit showcasing artwork created by some of the county's foster youth. ...

Letters Working to Aid Teens in Child-Welfare System
Philadelphia Inquirer, PA - May 23, 2006
... Partnerships with the Behavioral Health Services Department, and assisting our schools to meet the needs of older foster youth. ...

Former Foster Youth Highlight Caseworkers
Nashville City Paper, TN - May 22, 2006
... The center lies within the area with the highest concentration of foster youth in Nashville – the 37208 zip code — and roughly 1,100 Davidson County ...

Juvenile Justice

How About Juvenile Justice Face-Lift?
Palm Beach Post, FL – May 26, 2006
... A juvenile court judge, state legislator, juvenile justice board and detention center advisory council members and others concerned with troubled youth toured ...

Juvenile Justice: In the System
News 8 Austin, TX - May 25, 2006
... The McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility in Mart, near Waco, is one of 13 state institutions for juvenile offenders. ...

Disorder in Juvenile Justice Center, DC - May 22, 2006
Judges, lawyers and those involved in juvenile cases were pleased to leave the cramped quarters in the Family Law Center for the Juvenile Justice Center last ...

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