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Few schools enter contest for Obama commencement speech

The White House did not receive enough applicants in a contest it launched for schools to win a commencement address by President Obama so it extended the deadline and made the application process easier.

By Valerie Strauss  | March 7, 2011; 5:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  High School  | Tags:  commencement contest, obama speech, president obama, race to the top, race to the top commencement contest, white house contest  
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Why Obama’s 2020 graduation goal isn’t attainable

President Obama set as a goal that by 2020, the United States will have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world. But there is a numbers game working against the realization of his goal, and his 2012 proposed education budget isn't going to help the situation.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 15, 2011; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  High School, Higher Education  | Tags:  2012 budget, 2020, early literacy, graduation 2020, obama, obama 2020 goal, obama budget, reading by 3rd grade  
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Should Obama be commencement contest prize?

Again President Obama is offering himself as a commencement speaker to the high school that wins a new contest. So what's the problem?

By Valerie Strauss  | February 2, 2011; 4:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  High School, Race to the Top  | Tags:  commencement contest, commencement speaker, commencement speech, obama commencement, obama commencement speaker, president obama and commencement, race to the top contest, stephen colbert  
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Democracy in schools: Preached but not practiced

Schools are supposed to teach democracy, develop engaged and responsible citizens, and create an intelligent and street-smart electorate. Most don’t.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 30, 2011; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  George Wood, Guest Bloggers, High School, Mark Phillips, Student Life  
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How the banned student play was created

Here's an account of how a student play about school reform that was banned was created and how the students reacted when they learned they could not perform it at their school.

By Valerie Strauss  | December 26, 2010; 9:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Arts Education, Guest Bloggers, High School, School turnarounds/reform  | Tags:  antigone, censored play, joel klein, play banned, school reform, student play  
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Report: Number of 'dropout factories' declines

A new report says that the number of high school "dropout factories" declined in the last decade.

By Valerie Strauss  | November 30, 2010; 12:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  High School, Research  | Tags:  america's promise, bilding a grad nation, dropout factories, dropout factory, graduation rates  
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Should Breathalyzers be used at proms?, Valerie Strauss , May 12, 2010
It's senior prank season, Valerie Strauss , April 30, 2010
Senior slump: A cautionary tale , Valerie Strauss , April 24, 2010
One teacher’s cure for senioritis , Valerie Strauss , March 23, 2010
A guide to help you advocate for your child, Valerie Strauss , March 9, 2010
''The Wilen Index"--a new high school ranking, sort of, Valerie Strauss , February 20, 2010
The problem with Obama’s commencement speech contest , Valerie Strauss , February 19, 2010
Should we eliminate senior year?, Valerie Strauss , February 17, 2010
Up to Montgomery County principals to challenge fliers, Valerie Strauss , February 8, 2010
'Why Boys Fail’ in school, Valerie Strauss , February 3, 2010
Challenging Jay’s Challenge Index , Valerie Strauss , February 1, 2010
AP Courses: How many do colleges want?, Valerie Strauss , January 29, 2010
Writing for knowledge , Valerie Strauss , January 21, 2010
Academic journal for high schoolers, Valerie Strauss , January 21, 2010
Should kids take physical ed every day?, Valerie Strauss , January 4, 2010
Take The Sheet's 2009 Education Quiz, Valerie Strauss , January 1, 2010
Answer Sheet to education quiz, Valerie Strauss , January 1, 2010
The decade's 10 big education ideas, Valerie Strauss , December 18, 2009
An excellent mistake, Valerie Strauss , December 9, 2009
School closes bathrooms because of security shortage, Valerie Strauss , December 2, 2009
The Best High School in America?, Valerie Strauss , October 19, 2009
 
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