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Adams, Caralee J. – Education Week, 2012
To give students an incentive to work hard--and save education dollars along the way--some states are encouraging early high school graduation by ramping up curricula or giving college scholarships. As a money-saving measure for families and states, lawmakers are allowing early high school exits and providing tuition aid. The policies emphasize…
Descriptors: Secondary Education, Educational Attainment, Graduation, High School Graduates
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2009
This article reports that in 1996, Alabama officials approved the "4 x 4" plan, which made their state the first in the country to require students to complete four years, or four credits each, of math and science for high school graduation. Other states have since followed suit, with policymakers arguing that higher standards are…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Credits, Graduation Requirements, Continuous Progress Plan
Hoff, David J. – Education Week, 2007
President Bush's new plan to heighten the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act's focus on high schools is being questioned by policy makers. This article discusses how the Bush administration, with its proposals to reauthorize the current version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the NCLB, wants to use the law to change the way high…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Federal Government, High Schools, Educational Policy
Richard, Alan – Education Week, 2006
A 50 state look at the nation's governors and their leadership on education over the past year shows that Governors are focusing much of their attention on two critical areas of education policy--high school and preschool. At least 22 governors proposed significant policies last year aimed at improving high schools, or have made such proposals so…
Descriptors: State Officials, State Government, Leadership, Educational Policy
Hoff, David J. – Education Week, 2006
Large companies and major business groups are known for hiring well-heeled lobbyists to push for their interests, especially in such areas as tax and spending laws. Their federal lobbying presence on education issues has been relatively modest. The author discusses the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Business Roundtable--two prominent…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Business, School Business Relationship, Lobbying
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2004
Out amid the weed-choked factory lots and the bare yards of housing projects in Birmingham, Alabama, Steve Orel has become a kind of hero. The 50-year-old Orel runs the World of Opportunity School out of an old industrial building. Affectionately known as WOO, the school is a private, shoestring operation that offers students who have fallen…
Descriptors: High Schools, Nontraditional Education, Educational Policy, Educational Testing