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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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i3 Federal Grants Fund Innovative Programs

By Guest Blogger Ron Tomalis Many districts are putting the finishing touches on their grant applications for the U.S. Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation (i3) program, which will award more than 200 grants totaling more than $643 million to ...

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Ombudsman Student Stories: In Their Own Words with Jake Gerner

Jake is a freshman at the Walnut Grove Ombudsman center in Omaha, Neb. As a freshman at Millard West High School in Omaha, Neb., Jake Gerner had trouble focusing during lectures and started to fall behind in his classes. His ...

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New District Partner Gets Head Start

Clarke County Signs Up for Ombudsman Summer Program The Clarke County School District in Athens, Ga., a new Ombudsman partner, is getting a head start on the 2010-2011 academic year by offering summer school sessions to help students get back ...

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Brunswick Open House Welcomes the Community, Enrolls New Students

The Glynn County Ombudsman center in Brunswick, Ga., hosted 50 students, families, administrators and community members at an open house event on March 11. During the event, guests learned about the Ombudsman approach, toured the center, met staff members and ...

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Georgia Center Students Complete 3,200 Hours of Service and Employment This Year

Students at the Walker County Ombudsman center in Rossville, Ga., are well on their way to earning more hours of community service than any other center this year. With 3,200 hours accumulated working on community service projects or for local ...

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School Improvement Grants Help Districts

GUEST BLOGGER: Ron Tomalis Ron Tomalis is director of Dutko Worldwide, the Washington, D.C.-based global public policy management firm. Tomalis specializes in education, and has held various senior management, policy, and operational positions in state and federal government. He served ...

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Zero Tolerance

UPDATE: MSU Study Finds Zero Tolerance Policy Ineffective It is good to see a positive story coming from the Clayton County School District, which in recent years has been a poster child for everything wrong in public education. A New ...

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Welcome

We are excited to launch this blog as a way to share information about the subject that is our passion: helping non-traditional students succeed. When I was a social worker, I saw children subjected to (and caught up in) terrible ...

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