Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Advocates Seek High School Aid Program

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Advocates Seek High School Aid Program

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Concerns about issues from school shootings to the education pipeline are prompting some educators to call for anew federal program to help America's high schools.

This year's reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) presents just such a vehicle to provide funding, says Samuel Halperin, senior fellow at the American Youth Policy Forum, based in Washington, D.C.

Congress does provide $8 billion to schools through the Title I program, but only about 8 percent of these funds reach high schools, Halperin told a Senate committee.

While acknowledging there is "no simple solution for what ails high schools," Halperin says a small new federal initiative could target school dropouts and help those in school prepare for higher education and careers. Some of these activities, from school-to-work transition to volunteer service learning projects, "make academic studies more meaningful by linking schooling to real-world problems," he says.

"Unless we mean to write off a whole generation while our various reforms take root, we must address those who are today out of school and not yet on a career track," Halperin said. …

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