The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is seeking exemplary school dropout prevention programs for national recognition. Up to 10 public schools or districts nationwide that have made noteworthy progress in reducing student dropout rates will be honored through the ED’s new National School Dropout Prevention Program Recognition Initiative. ED is looking for programs geared to middle and high school students that have evidenced a reduction in the dropout rate. These programs may also provide evidence of improved academic achievement, improved student behavior, narrowing of the achievement gap for minorities and other student groups, or increased postsecondary employment or enrollment. The winners will be publicized extensively to national and local media and in education and youth development journals, and will be showcased on the ED’s web site. In addition, two participants from each program will receive travel to attend an awards ceremony to be held in Washington, D.C., next March.

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