In Tennessee, a disturbingly high dropout rate at public universities prompted the state to change how they fund schools: the more students graduate, the more a school gets paid. Hari Sreenivasan reports on the rise of performance-based funding and innovations by schools to keep students invested.
Nonprofit educational organization OneGoal has partnered with Chicago public schools to push kids at risk of dropping out of high school to persist and attend college. Ash-har Quraishi of WTTW Chicago reports for our American Graduate project on a special curriculum that hones leadership skills these kids often already have. Continue reading
Ray Suarez talks to Council of Chief State School Officers 2012 Teacher of the Year Rebecca Mieliwocki, about the learning curve for teachers in helping students succeed and graduate from middle school and high school. Mieliwocki believes that teachers are ‘seekers’ who uplift the natural talents of each individual student. Continue reading
In the latest in a series of reports on how education leaders are endeavoring to reform troubled urban schools, education correspondent John Merrow returns to New Orleans to check in on the city’s efforts to repair its struggling school system. Continue reading