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As support for sexual assault prevention gains traction across the country, a group of experts point to three strategies that have proven effective: Start teaching students about consent early, empower them to find solutions through intervention, and include parents in the conversation.
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A new report from the Arizona Mayors Education Roundtable projects that high school non-completion and disconnected youth will cost the state upwards of $100 billion. Here’s how three Arizona communities are keeping young people on track towards completion, connection, and prosperity.
#IWillMarch
Though students at Thurgood Marshall Academy see the recent March for Our Lives rally as a symbolic moment, they know that long-term change takes time. After all, their school gets its name from the man who helped make school segregation illegal and challenged the separate but equal doctrine on which it stood for more than half a century.
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Families receiving food stamps get their benefits once a month. A few weeks later, kids’ test scores tick up. The pattern, revealed by a new study of thousands of North Carolina families, suggests that the additional access to healthy food helps students do better in school.

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President & CEO, America's Promise Alliance
President & CEO America's Promise Alliance
Adults often complain that kids today don't respect their elders. But what happens when it's the other way around? What if young people are the ones who are not getting the respect and dignity they need to be successful in school and life?
Patricia O’Rourke

Patricia O’Rourke

Manager, Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships America's Promise
In September 2017, the GradNation campaign released the Acceleration Grant opportunity to fund state- and community-level proposals poised to graduate students who are currently less likely to graduate from high school. Out of 106 applications, we were encouraged to see that communities and states are using these four factors to inform their work.
Grace Schleisman

Grace Schleisman

Fellow, AmeriCorps Promise
Much has been written about the problems with zero-tolerance discipline policies, but there’s another practice in Minnesota that contributes to school pushout without the attention: suspending or expelling students for “discretionary violations.” Under Minnesota Law, educators can dismiss youth if the “willful conduct...significantly disrupts the rights of others to an education.” There are a few major problems with this.

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Homelessness (ICPH), Civic Enterprises and America’s Promise Alliance launched Education Leads Home, a first-of-its-kind national campaign focused exclusively on addressing the needs of the 1.3 million homeless students enrolled in America’s public schools.
America’s Promise Alliance, with generous support from AT&T, announced today the selection of five states and communities as GradNation Acceleration Grant recipients, as part of the GradNation campaign to raise the high school graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020. The chosen grantees represent programs whose efforts are focused on accelerating progress for more young people to high school graduation and post-secondary success.
Joe Louis Barrow Jr., former CEO of The First Tee, and Dr. Michael L. Lomax, president and CEO of UNCF (United Negro College Fund), have been elected to its board of directors. Each will serve a three-year term, effective January 2018.