Early High Shool Departures Continue to Increase, Study Says

Almost six years after a lawsuit forced the city to pledge to keep better track of students who leave public schools without graduating, the number leaving high schools has continued to climb, according to a report to be released Thursday by the public advocate‚Äôs office. Full Story »

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Glenn LaBauve
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by Glenn LaBauve - May. 3, 2009

In the days of instant news, This might pass, but the real story should be coming when they find out where these students are going since they seem to have figured out where they are not.

There did seem to be some belief that there is a move by administrators to weed out poor test takers earlier so their numbers look better, I hope to see a follow up.

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Fabrice Florin
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by Fabrice Florin - May. 3, 2009

Informative article about the increasing number of students leaving high school in New York, where nearly 20 percent of students were 'discharged' in 2007 (compared to 17% in 2001). This report cites factual evidence from multiple sources, and provides helpful context on this important finding.

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Kristin Gorski
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by Kristin Gorski - May. 1, 2009

An important article on a failing of the NYC public school system which need much closer oversight: early departures of students from the system. The article could be more in-depth, but the reporter does a good job of including many key stakeholder quotations throughout.

I hope this NYTimes reporter stays on this topic. If indeed an outside audit of the system reveals any inaccuracies in how these early departures are tracked and reported, it could threaten mayoral control of the city's education system -- a hot-button issue in NYC.

One of the most alarming trends, according to the report, is the number of ninth-grade students who are discharged. More »

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Norman Rogers
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by Norman Rogers - May. 2, 2009

The public school bureaucracy can be counted on to lie about just about everything. This article provides no insight a to what is really going on.

The education establishment is hopeless. They simply defend their turf and could care less about the students.

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