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Bold Ideas for Secondary School Reform

That’s the title of an article I wrote for the latest issue of Principal Magazine, a publication of the National Association of Secondary School Principals. In the piece, I highlight efforts of three extraordinary high school principals and the successes they’ve had in helping all of their students achieve at high levels. I’ve mentioned all of their work on this blog before, and I encourage you to learn more about them here.

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Recovering Dropouts and Re-engaging Students in Pharr, Texas

I recently learned more about a school in Parr, Texas that is doing extraordinary work with dropout recovery and providing young people with a second chance at a high school diploma. The College, Career, and Technology Academy, or CC&T Academy, is part of a comprehensive approach by the Pharr-San Juan Alamo Independent School District to addressing the dropout problem.

A National Spotlight on Education; Moving Forward on Secondary School Reform

Last week was a big week – for the Department, and for education reform as a whole.

Both Secretary Duncan and President Obama were featured on NBC’s Education Nation Summit, with Secretary Duncan launching the TEACH Campaign, live, from NBC’s Rockefeller Center.

Also last week, we announced two grants that I’m especially excited about: Smaller Learning Communities and the High School Graduation Initiative. Combined, the Department awarded nearly $100 million to improve academic performance and support dropout prevention and re-engagement efforts in states and districts across the country.

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