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Alternative Education

Camden still tops soaring state graduation rate (Camden, Ga.)

Statistics released this week by the Georgia Department of Education (DOE) show the state’s graduation rate is now up to 80.8 percent,  and Georgia’s Camden County Schools have improved their graduation rate from an all-time low of 50 percent in ...

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ESA’s John McLaughlin honored at Benton Hall Founder’s Day (Franklin, Tenn.)

John McLaughlin, ESA’s executive vice president and director of research and analytics, will be honored on Thursday, Oct. 28 during Benton Hall Academy’s Founder’s Day celebration. From the Williamson Herald: With a $2,000 investment, a dream to create a unique ...

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Education Nation: Bibb County Ombudsman Programs

As part of NBC’s Education Nation series, Shelby Coates of NBC-TV 41 in Macon, Ga., reports on the success of two Ombudsman learning centers in Bibb County:

Non-traditional students can opt for Ombudsman

By Mark Beavers of the the Tribune-Georgian: Since Andrew Turman dropped out of school two years ago, he figured out that he could not go far in life without an education. Then Turman, 17, heard about the Ombudsman school in ...

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Letter from a Parent of an Ombudsman Student

We received this letter from a parent of a student who attended our West Accelerated center in Philadelphia.  They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but we think this letter is the exception: June 1, 2010 Dear Ombudsman ...

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Ombudsman Bridges Language Gap with Technology

Ombudsman has developed a unique approach to help remove barriers to academic success for students who are English Language Learners (ELL). Computer-assisted instruction and teacher-led engagement activities are helping these students improve their English language skills and, at the same ...

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Raising Their Voices: Causes and Solutions for the Dropout Crisis

I was inspired recently by a study called “Raising Their Voices,” whose authors brought students, parents and teachers together to discuss the dropout crisis.  We, as educators, need to listen – and pay attention—to the voices that have been raised. ...

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Ombudsman Program Expands in Four States

This fall, new or expanded Ombudsman programs will open in school districts in Illinois, Georgia, Nebraska and Colorado. Quincy, Ill., Public School District #172 will become the 76th Illinois school district to partner with Ombudsman when a new center serving ...

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The Starfish – What choice will you make today?

Have you ever learned a new fact or heard a new story, and then within a short period of time, you hear it referenced multiple times?  That happened to me with The Starfish Story by Loren Eiseley. Students at risk ...

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The Beginning of the Post-Reform Era

Dr. Diane Ravitch added velocity to the nation’s move to a post-reform era in her March 9 Wall Street Journal editorial Why I Changed My Mind About School Reform. For one of the nation’s most visible education pundits and former ...

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