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High School Graduation Rates Mark Another Record High

Jim Hull, National School Board Association’s Center for Public Education, June 3, 2015   With more than 81 percent of students graduating within four years of entering high school, the Class of 2013 achieved the highest on-time graduation rate in U.S. history, according to the 2015 Building a Grad Nation report. After graduation rates languished in […]

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Minnesota will benefit from school attendance age change

Star Tribune Editorial, August 19, 2013 – Beginning in the 2014-15 school year, Minnesota youths must stay in school until age 17 — a year longer than current law requires. The change, passed quietly during the 2013 Legislative session, moves Minnesota in a long-overdue direction. The age 16 rule no longer fits contemporary education needs — […]

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Dropout age raised by legislator who dropped out

Jim Ragsdale, Star Tribune, August 10, 2013 – If state Sen. Chuck Wiger needs fuel for his crusade to keep teen­agers in school, he can summon distant memories of the glamour of the Big Top. Cleaning up after the elephants, erecting and striking the tents no matter the weather and riding the semitrailer truck to Barnum […]

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High school dropouts: Should we let them go?

Emily Kaiser, Minnesota Public Radio, November 5, 2012 – During a Friday Roundtable discussion last month, former Metropolitan Council Chairman Peter Bell theorized on what could be done to tackle the number of high school dropouts, especially minorities in inner-city schools. Bell’s idea: Let them go. In other words, if a kid is failing and truly doesn’t […]

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