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LISTEN: How a “drop-out factory” turned into model for success

Educators embraced personalized learning, an idea with little research but a lot of enthusiasm

Clark Atlanta University students Destiny Rudolph, Delaina Mims, Charles Finch and Jewel Cannon meet on the steps of the Joseph W. Woodruff Library, which is shared among four Atlanta colleges and universities. Higher-education institutions increasingly are pooling their resources to cut costs.

Colleges and universities join together to survive enrollment and financial problems

Many schools are setting up alliances to save on everything from software to security

A student at Guttman Community College in New York City reads before the start of a class. Momentum is building to give associate degrees to students who have left community colleges but earned enough credits to get one.

States connect students with degrees they don’t know they’ve earned

To help catch up to lagging education targets, states reach out to non-grads

VIDEO: Using the Black Lives Matter movement to train white teachers

In Rochester, educators are trying to close the achievement gap with anti-racist education

Charles Cooper, an 11th-grade student at W.B. Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences in Philadelphia.

STUDENT VOICES: Teachers put you in situations to make you stronger

Charles Cooper was an 11th-grader at W.B. Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences in Philadelphia

Shamus Hayes, a ninth-grader at Mount Abraham Union High School in Bristol, Vt.

STUDENT VOICES: I don’t think you need an A+ in calculus to work a normal job

Shamus Hayes is a ninth-grader at Mount Abraham Union High School in Bristol, Vt.

Melvin Claudio, a 12th grader at Phoenix Academy Lawrence in Lawrence, Mass.

STUDENT VOICES: I never knew I’d get this far

Melvin Claudio was a 12th grader at Phoenix Academy Lawrence in Lawrence, Mass.

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Emilia Olson, an 11th-grade student at Palmetto Scholars Academy in North Charleston, S.C.

STUDENT VOICES: Pay teachers more

Emilia Olson was an 11th-grader at Palmetto Scholars Academy in North Charleston, S.C.

Chris Mayes, an 11th-grader at Community High School in Swannanoa, N.C.

STUDENT VOICES: I don’t want to die in the same town I grew up in

Chris Mayes is an 11th-grader at Community High School in Swannanoa, N.C.

Lilianna Salcedo, a 10th-grader at USC Hybrid High School in Los Angeles.

STUDENT VOICES: When you’re a teenager you feel like an outsider already

Lilianna Salcedo was in the 10th grade at USC Hybrid High School in Los Angeles

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