Graduation Gaps & Promotion Power

There's a big push on dropout prevention going on in DC this week that isn't in the Chicago press yet that I've found. Here are some clips to tide you over:

U.S. to Require States to Use a Single School Dropout Formula NYT

The

adoption of a federal graduation formula would correct one of the most

glaring weaknesses of the federal No Child Left Behind law.

'Crisis' graduation gap found between cities, suburbs USA Today

The likelihood that a ninth-grader in one of

the nation's biggest cities will clutch a diploma four years later

amounts to a coin toss — not much better than a 50-50 chance, new

research finds.Cross into the suburbs, and the odds improve dramatically.

Report: Urban students face rough road to graduation CNN

Seventeen

of the nation's 50 largest cities had high school graduation rates

lower than 50 percent, with the lowest graduation rates reported in

Detroit, Michigan; Indianapolis, Indiana and Cleveland, Ohio, according

to a report released Tuesday.

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