Month: December 2010

GEAR UP Partner Interview: Ruthie Bolton

We are proud to be partnered with Olympic gold medalist and former Sacramento Monarch Ruthie Bolton, who works with GEAR UP students at Valley High School in Sacramento. Ms. Bolton has been working with the team as they work through the AIM (Attitude In Motion) series and California GEAR UP Leadership Skills Initiative, both programs highlights character traits and works directly with students on motivation, anger management, discipline, perseverance, self-value, respect and accountability. Ruthie was kind enough to sit down with us for an interview. Excerpts included below: CGU: What inspires you? RB: To see people happy and to help people …

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California Dropout Rates, Graduation Rates Increase

In a press conference yesterday, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell released the annual report on graduation and dropout rates for 2008-2009 school year. 70.1 percent of public school students in California graduated from high school, up from 68.5 percent last year. The adjusted four-year derived dropout rate for the same school year is 21.7 percent, up from 18.9 percent last year. When reviewed by subgroup statewide, the graduation and dropout rate data continue to highlight the achievement gap. “The fact that our schools are operating today on $21 billion less than we had anticipated just three short years …

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When Minorities are the Majority.

Arun Ramanathan, executive director of The Education Trust West, contributed a recent open forum letter in the San Francisco Chronicle titled ‘When Minorities are the Majority.’  For the first time, Latinos students are the majority of California’s student population. Putting this demographic shift into an education perspective, Arun describes the transition from old notions of education policy and the potential impacts across the state of California. Unfortunately, our political and educational systems have a long way to go before they catch up with the needs of the new majority.Too many California students fall through gaping holes in our college and …

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