High School Drop Outs http://wesa.fm en New GED Exam Puts Students and Educators to the Test http://wesa.fm/post/new-ged-exam-puts-students-and-educators-test <p>The stereotypes about adults seeking GED certification can be ugly and simplistic. But the reality is that many lack a high school diploma for reasons largely outside their control: health problems, family issues and immigration status, just to name a few.</p><p>Some, like Rebekah&nbsp;Petrakovits, were home-schooled without proper oversight from school officials who were supposed to monitor their progress.</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 12:03:49 +0000 Josh Raulerson 21493 at http://wesa.fm New GED Exam Puts Students and Educators to the Test Latino Graduation Rates Subject of PA Summit http://wesa.fm/post/latino-graduation-rates-subject-pa-summit <p>While 83 percent of Pennsylvania students as a whole graduate high school, one in three Latino students drops out of school.</p><p>That’s according to a new Graduation Nation report from America’s Promise Alliance, the country’s largest coalition of educators, businesses, nonprofits and policy makers focusing on improving academic achievement.</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 19:35:58 +0000 Kevin Gavin 18378 at http://wesa.fm Report: Higher Graduation Rates Equal Lower Crime Costs http://wesa.fm/post/report-higher-graduation-rates-equal-lower-crime-costs <p>Pennsylvania could save as much as $737 million in annual crime costs if the male high school graduation rate increased by 5 percent. That&rsquo;s according to a report released by the Alliance for Excellent Education.</p><p>Nationally, annual savings could total $18.5 billion.</p><p>Research from the Department of Justice shows that 67 percent of inmates in state prisons, 56 percent of federal inmates and 69 percent of inmates in local jails did not complete high school.</p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Patrick Higgins 16737 at http://wesa.fm Phase 4 Learning Centers Serve As Last Chance High Schools http://wesa.fm/post/phase-4-learning-centers-serve-last-chance-high-schools <p><a href="http://www.phase4learningcenter.org/">Phase 4 Learning Centers</a> are often referred to as last chance high schools by many, but to Phase 4’s founder, Terrie Suica Reed, it’s also their best chance for many troubled students to find success in their high school careers.</p><p>Though many students who come into her program come from broken homes or are even homeless, Reed stands firm in her belief that “with the right support, the right network, they can do anything they want to do.” Tue, 20 Aug 2013 20:33:28 +0000 John Lavanga 15154 at http://wesa.fm Phase 4 Learning Centers Serve As Last Chance High Schools