A new report shows that some of the schools once labeled as, "dropout factories" are now graduating more kids than ever and shaking their stigmas. According to an article on MSNBC, the reason for the change in graduation rates is varied but identifiable -- from restricting driver's licenses to raising the age to which kids are required to stay in school. Basically it all boils down to giving kids a reason to keep going to school.
One of the goals of the Obama Administration is to graduate nine out of 10 kids in high schools by 2020. Experts say that the turnaround in some schools hasn't brought the national average to that point yet.
Students in high-poverty urban districts are still facing schools where the dropout rate exceeds the national average. But, experts say, it is fixable. Kids need education so that they can go on to successful futures -- and once they get to graduating from high school, the natural next step is to point them toward college.
Ultimately as parents, we all want what's best for our kids. And in the modern business environment, a college degree is essential.
Of course, this begins with studying and utilizing good study skills. But how do you encourage your kids to be academic successes (and go onto college!)?
We asked the experts. Here's what they told us:
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