Gaps in Graduation Rates Persist: New data underscore the economic and health imperative of supporting students to graduate

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Graduation from high school is not only a rite of passage, it is the ticket to economic prosperity and quality of life. The formula is simple: High school graduates are more employable, healthier and more likely to have health insurance, all of which positively contribute to our economy. But here’s the flip side of that […]

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Education vs. the Lure of Pro Basketball

As a father, my heart breaks. The starting five of the University of Kentucky basketball team – the 2012 NCAA champions – announced earlier this month that they’re leaving college to go pro. It happens every year in the wake of March Madness, but as an African-American father, I feel my heart crack a little.

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Education Is Key To Stronger America

I recently hosted an education event in which I invited Martha J. Kanter, Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, and Dennis M. Walcott, Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, at Frederick Douglass Academy, my alma mater, in Harlem.

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Albany’s Unkindest Cut of All

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In most states, top-ranked high school seniors are shoo-ins to attend their local state universities. But that’s not how it goes in New York these days. In one recent, glaring case, the valedictorian of a rural school district outside Rochester was rejected by a nearby State University of New York campus — not because her […]

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