Post Tagged with: "US Department of Education"

Ashton Bridges of Phenix City, Alabama about to pounce on timpani drums at the University of Montevallo. Photo by Dan Carsen.
Alabama / Audio / Multimedia / Summer Learning Series

Summer Learning: Ambitious Program Gears Up To Push Middle-Schoolers Past High School

Fewer reading materials in the home. Less access to camps or museums. Those are some reasons summer learning loss disproportionately affects low-income kids. There are many in the South, which can hamper efforts to raise graduation rates. But in Part Two of this Southern Education Desk series, WBHM’s Dan Carsen reports on “GEAR UP Alabama” — a wide-ranging federally funded attempt to meet those challenges, and more.

After working several jobs this past year, James Hanks got his high school diploma on May 14. But as he'll tell you below, he used to focus on all the wrong things. Photo by Dan Carsen.
Alabama / Audio / Multimedia / Special Coverage

INTERVIEW: James Hanks, Birmingham Dropout Recovery Graduate

The U.S. Secretary of Education recently recognized Alabama for having one of the nation’s steepest increases in high school graduation rates. Birmingham City Schools’ rate increased even more – up roughly 23 percent in the last four years. The latest data reported to the state education department puts the system’s rate at 79 percent — just below the national average. Alabama reporter Dan Carsen sits down with James Hanks, an 18-year-old who just graduated through Birmingham Schools’ Dropout Recovery Program.

Our House - a Shelter for Homeless Teens in Monroe. Photo by John Hughes.
Audio / Louisiana

Homeless Youth Struggle For An Education

Estimates of homeless young people have edged over 1,000,000 nation-wide. Not having permanent shelter often makes getting an education a troublesome task. But some young people are beating the odds and enrolling in college.

For those at Wingfield High School, changing a school has to mean changing people's minds. Photo by Annie Gilbertson.
Audio / Mississippi / Turnaround School Series

How To Turn Around A Failing School…Maybe

The federal government says if school districts come up with a strong plan to change their worst schools, they will provide federal dollars to pay for it. But what to do? And how do you know it will be effective?