Graduation and dropouts

New housing is popping up near Vaux high school, one piece of a $500 million redevelopment project in blighted North Philadelphia.

Can a school save a neighborhood?

Philadelphia’s housing authority bought a high school. It hopes the institution can help reverse the fortunes of one of the city’s poorest areas.

Students walk on the campus of historical Morehouse College in Atlanta Ga.

We won’t have any black Mark Zuckerbergs or Bill Gates till we do this

Colleges that allow their students to also start businesses give them a boost

Student Jeremy Pichardo works with freshman Angela Cutone in the Culinary Arts department.

A vocational school curriculum that includes genocide studies and British literature

In New England, a high school finds success combining college-ready classes with career training

The new convocation center at Xavier University is seen in New Orleans, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. Student Landan Moore says Xavier is his dream school.

A college scholarship meant to help low-income, black students now serves mostly white, middle-class kids

Not TOPS anymore? Louisiana may cut scholarship program that used to be a national model

Fifth-grader Camar Graves adjusts his Lego robot in a robotics class at Elm City College Prep, in New Haven, Connecticut.

Beyond ABCs: Can school give kids a lifelong love of learning?

A charter network tests a model of schooling that lets youngsters reinvent themselves through exploration

Laci Hargrove, 18, who fell short of the high school credits she needed to graduate, moved straight from high school to a HiSET-prep program that also provides her with needed social supports.

Getting a GED while still enrolled in high school

High schools in New Orleans try a new way to keep at-risk kids from dropping out

Third-graders at Alamosa Elementary School in Albuquerque practice reading with first-graders in Carrie Ramirez’s classroom.

Students can’t learn if they don’t show up at school

Districts are paying more attention to “chronic absenteeism” in their efforts to improve student learning

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Domonique Crosby raises her hand in calculus class at George Washington Carver High School.

Held back, but not helped

Louisiana reverses course on its strict policy to hold back students who fail standardized tests. Instead, it will add supports to help them pass.

Junior Alex DesRuisseaux and senior Jesus Garcia work in the library of the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

In rural Maine, a university eliminates most Fs in an effort to increase graduation rates

The University of Maine at Presque Isle hopes new approach will produce more skilled workers for a struggling region

Peter O'Halloran checks supplies at his job. O'Halloran works full-time at a nonprofit in Philadelphia.

The ‘forgotten’ part of special education that could lead to better outcomes for students

Many former special education students struggle to find good-paying jobs, and high schools are partly to blame

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