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New report focuses on high school reform done right

Great Lakes CenterEAST LANSING, Mich., (December 1, 2008)—The Multiple Pathways approach to high school reform is being advanced by states and supported by philanthropy groups around the country. The approach was developed as a way to prepare students for both college and careers while rejecting a tracking system that provides academic preparation for some students but only vocational preparation to others. A new report highlights the potential of this approach but warns that if poorly designed and implemented, past problems will not be addressed.

Released today by the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice, this legislation policy brief was co-authored by Dr. Marisa Saunders, a research associate at UCLA’s Institute for Democracy, Education and Access, and Christopher Chrisman, an associate with the Denver office of the law firm Holland & Hart.

"Dropouts: One is Too Many" - Final Report

Dropouts: One is Too ManyExecutive Summary (PDF)

Get a guided tour of what was said at the 11 hearings and in online testimony, including references to specific ideas referenced in the 1,600 pages of hearing testimony (complete transcripts of which are below).

News Release - Community action critical to dropout prevention (PDF)

Video highlights

Hearing transcripts and audio

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Michigan Dropout Prevention Leadership Summit

Materials distributed at the Michigan Dropout Prevention Leadership Summit on Oct. 20, 2008 in Lansing will be posted on the summit's Web site at www.midropoutsummit.org.



Updated: February 17, 2009 3:50 PM

Michigan Dropout Prevention Leadership Summit:

Jack Kresnak, president and CEO of Michigan's ChildrenJack Kresnak, president and CEO of Michigan's Children, a partner in the effort to solve the dropout crisis, took questions from a Lansing television station Oct. 20, 2008 at the Michigan Dropout Prevention Leadership Summit

About 80 people attended a Oct. 20, 2008 briefing co-sponsored by MEA to release the findings from a series of dropout hearings.