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    Editorial: Dropouts need more options to succeed
    9/27/2005 -

    Rockford Register Star
    Kerry Knodle says his nonprofit is “still reeling and recovering” from a court decision that killed hope for a charter school targeted for Rockford dropouts. Or did it? Knodle, executive director of YouthBuild/Comprehensive Community Solutions, said his board is talking about options. “The work isn’t done,” Knodle said, “the job isn’t over.”
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    CPS says dropout rate at 10-year low; experts unsure
    9/12/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    The Chicago Public Schools dropout rate has hit a 10-year low, officials plan to announce today, though some suggest this year's rate is artificially low because a new law requires schools to keep kids on their books until they are 17, rather than 16.
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    Letter to the Editor: Hold parents accountable to make program work
    5/16/2005 -

    Decatur Herald & Review

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    Editorial: Phoenix program good dropout-cutting step
    5/13/2005 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    There is little doubt that the Decatur School District has a troubling number of students who will drop out or are at risk of dropping out.
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    Phoenix may rise from problem: Potential dropouts could be helped by alternative school plan
    5/10/2005 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    DECATUR - The statistics are troubling.

    More than 34 percent of Decatur students drop out of school. In the high schools, 71 girls are pregnant or already parents. Seven girls in the middle schools are in similar situations. Research indicates that pregnant and parenting teens are 10 times more likely to drop out.

    Expelled students, who already have behavioral issues, are often unsupervised during the day and thus more likely to get into trouble or be victims of crime. The two existing alternative education programs, Milligan Academy and Futures Unlimited, don't have room for all of them. And there is no program at all for elementary students.
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    D300 is looking at night classes
    5/6/2005 -
    Elgin Courier News
    To ebb dropout rate: School board will need to approve alternative education program
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    Students rally for dropouts
    5/5/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    About 1,000 high school dropouts who re-enrolled in alternative schools rallied in front of the State of Illinois Building Wednesday on behalf of the thousands of kids who are still out of school. In Illinois, more than 186,000 16- to 24-year-old high school dropouts are not in school -- a group large enough to make up the state's second-biggest city. The students called for increased funding for dropouts and in support of a statewide task force on high school dropouts.
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    Job market bleak for dropouts, report finds
    4/29/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Today’s high school dropouts can expect to earn at least $300,000 less over their lifetime than students who earn a diploma.
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    Focus groups study dropout issue
    4/26/2005 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    DECATUR - Moving parent-teacher conferences out of schools and into neighborhood churches and community centers is one way to improve parental attendance and involvement.
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    Dropouts, truants could lose driving privileges
    4/15/2005 -

    Rockford Register Star
    Teens who drop out of high school may have to take the bus.
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    Dropping the dropout rate
    3/3/2005 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    Common reasons that students drop out of high school...
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    Commentary: Effort to save young black males needs to start right now
    3/3/2005 -

    The Star
    Anyone who only wants to talk about the massive failure of black males in the American education system is now officially part of the problem.
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    Editorial: LEGISLATORS NEED TO FOCUS ON SCHOOL DROPOUT RATES - OF TEACHERS
    2/28/2005 -

    Southern Illinoisan
    Illinois' political leadership needs to refocus on school dropout rates -- among teachers.
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    Governors endorse high school overhaul
    2/23/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Too many dropouts, unprepared students
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    Making Right Choices reaching out to teens to keep them in school
    2/12/2005 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    DECATUR - It wasn't a typical session of Making Right Choices.
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    Incentives, penalties set to combat dropout rates in Decatur schools
    2/12/2005 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    DECATUR - The jumbo Kit Kat bar Carlisa Burnett nibbled recently during her Math Connections class at MacArthur High School might not seem like a big deal.
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    Letter to the Editor: Charter schools boast lower dropout rate
    2/11/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    With a continuing focus on accountability in public education, high school graduation rates get too little attention.
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    Editorial: What's the real graduation rate?
    2/7/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Here's the thing about statistics: If they aren't rock solid, if they don't reflect reality, they're of little use to anyone. And if conflicting statistics are passed off to measure performance levels, they just waste our time even more.
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    Fewer city high school grads than claimed
    2/3/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Only 54 percent of Chicago public high school students graduate in four years -- an alarmingly low rate that has been masked for years by misleading state calculations, a new study contended Wednesday.
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    City graduation rate disputed
    2/3/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Researchers find 4-year rate only 54%--not 71% as Chicago Public Schools had reported
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    How one school turned things around
    2/3/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    In a tiny room lined with editing equipment at Curie High School on Tuesday, the sounds of amateur TV producers finishing their first political commercials filled the air.
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    State laws raise drop out age, increase gang related penalties
    1/6/2005 -

    Marion Daily Republican
    A new state law that took effect after the new year has changed Illinois' high school dropout age from 16 to 17, in an effort to keep more students in the schools.
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    More school time, fewer teen births
    1/5/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Want to reduce births by teenage girls? Increase the legal age when students can drop out of school, say three economists who have studied the impact of compulsory education laws in the United States and Norway.
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    Illinois: Highest dropout rate in Midwest
    12/9/2004 -
    Students First Illinois
    A new report by the Illinois Poverty Summit includes dismal statistics about our schoolchildren. A child who drops out of school dramatically increases his or her chances of being unemployed, depending on welfare or going to prison.
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    2004 Report on Illinois Poverty
    12/9/2004 -
    Illinois Poverty Summit
    A new report by the Illinois Poverty Summit includes dismal statistics about our schoolchildren. A child who drops out of school dramatically increases his or her chances of being unemployed, depending on welfare or going to prison.
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    Opinion: Cutting dropout rate important for future of state's workforce
    12/6/2004 -

    Crain's Chicago Business
    Sid L. Mohn is president of the Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights in Chicago, which convenes the Illinois Poverty Summit.
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    In as a freshman, out as a mystery
    11/22/2004 -

    Rockford Register Star
    Teens at Roosevelt Alternative High School and Skyview Center struggle to graduate, but their successes and failures go uncounted in the district's Report Card, an annual status report of its well-being.
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    Truancy's toll
    10/31/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Most weekday mornings, typical suburban parents nudge their children from sleep and see them off to school.
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    Thomas Jefferson Middle School rewards students with White Sox tickets
    10/26/2004 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    Thirteen-year-old Zach Collins sees the new White Sox incentive program for seventh- and eighth-graders in Decatur public schools as a win-win situation - especially after winning a white stocking cap from World of Powersports during a pep rally Friday at Thomas Jefferson Middle School.
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    School Board's Policy Committee begins review of district's goals
    9/10/2004 -

    Quincy Herald Whig
    The Quincy School Board Policy Committee began reviewing district goals for the next five years with an eye toward graduation, drop-out and attendance policies as part of the QPS Plus 5 program.
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    Editorial: Benefits of raising dropout age outweighs risks
    9/10/2004 -

    Galesburg Register-Mail
    Sixteen-year-old students who plan to drop out of school will have to wait another year, according to a new set of Illinois laws. The laws, aimed at getting more students to graduate high school, require students to stay in school until age 17.
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    Dropout program funding cut protested
    9/10/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    About 250 students and staff protested state cuts to a high school program for dropouts outside the Thompson Center on Thursday.
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    Schools hit record in first-day attendance
    9/9/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Nearly 392,500 Chicago public school students showed up for the first day of school this year -- a record number since Mayor Daley took control of the system in 1995, officials said Wednesday.
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    Enrollment declines in area schools
    9/8/2004 -

    Galesburg Register-Mail
    Knoxville shows biggest drop at 4% Fewer jobs means fewer students in the classrooms, local school districts are finding out.
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    Keeping kids in class
    9/8/2004 -
    Champaign News-Gazette
    When a child skips school, there's usually a good reason, and Champaign educators want to know how they can help.
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    Thousands of students from closed schools have to start over
    9/8/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    For about 3,400 Chicago public school children, Tuesday was no ordinary first day.
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    Editorial: District 150 board must face closing schools
    9/5/2004 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    By all means, Peoria District 150 officials should do what they can to make struggling Manual High School "absolutely different."
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    Edwardsville school rolls up, Alton down
    9/3/2004 -

    Alton Telegraph
    A survey of the area’s school district enrollment figures yielded a bit of a mixed bag, with some districts seeing substantial bumps in student body size, while others saw sizable decreases.
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    Olympia's graduation rate rises
    8/23/2004 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    STANFORD -- Olympia's High School's graduation rate has bounced back to normal levels after a 10-year low last year.
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    EDITORIAL: Keeping students in school takes more than new law
    8/16/2004 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    Even though Illinois has a graduation rate that is better than the national average -- 77 percent in Illinois versus 69 percent nationwide -- there is room for improvement, particularly among African-American and Hispanic students, whose graduation rate is 57 percent.
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    School dropout age rising to 17
    8/10/2004 -

    Mt. Vernon Register-News
    MT. VERNON - You’re 16, you’ve got a driver’s license and you want to drop out of school and get a job. Forget it.
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    Drop out law has little impact
    8/10/2004 -

    Macomb Journal
    MACOMB - The change in the state's dropout law will have little impact on area schools, according to administrators.
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