Logo - Facebook Logo - Facebook Logo - Twitter Logo - Twitter Logo - YouTube Logo - Instagram Logo - LinkedIn Next External Link Download Icon Checkmark Telephone Open Menu Option Close Menu Option Expand element Shrink element Dropdown Menu
Twitter logo An icon denoting a twitter profile name or link to Twitter LinkedIn logo An icon denoting a LinkedIn profile or link to LinkedIn Facebook logo An icon denoting a Facebook profile or link to Facebook YouTube logo An icon denoting a YouTube profile or link to YouTube RSS Icon Facebook Icon Google Plus Icon Twitter Icon Instagram Icon YouTube Icon LinkedIn Icon Pinterest Icon Vine Icon Tumblr Icon Telephone An icon of a telephone representing phone numbers Checkmark An icon of a checkmark External Link An icon denoting a link to an external website Email An icon denoting a mailto: link Download An icon denoting a download link Menu Options An icon denoting a dropdown menu Menu Icon File Link An icon denoting a link to a report or file Back Arrow An icon denoting a link back to a parent section Next Icon Previous Icon Search Icon Play Icon Play Icon (Alternate) Academic Assistance Icon Academic Difficulties Icon Advocate Icon Basic Needs Icon Behavioral Interventions Icon Bullying Icon College and Career Prep Icon Enrichment Icon Family Engagement Icon Health Care Icon Incareration Icon Life Skills Icon Mental Health Icon Neglect Icon Physical Health Icon Service Learning Icon Memorial Giving Icon Planned Giving Icon Workplace Giving Icon Stocks and Assets Icon Corporations Icon Foundations Icon Donate Icon Volunteer Icon

What We're Reading

By Anya Alexander June 3, 2016

This week, The 74 released its graduation series celebrating superstar graduates from the Class of 2016 featuring a Communities In Schools student from Allentown, Pennsylvania. Each day this month new students, including other CIS amazing grads and their story will be highlighted on the 74 website, their Twitter and Facebook platforms.

For Frank Lopez graduating from high school was not on his radar. After losing both his father and his grandfather started to slack in school, saying the loss of his two male role models was a “huge hit.”

“I became less and less motivated to go to school,” he told The 74, “and then I dropped out.”

He eventually re-enrolled after seeing how bleak his prospects were without a high school diploma. With that now in hand, he's headed to the U.S. Army. Read full story here.

Also this week in The 74, CIS President Dan Cardinali and the Alliance for Excellent Education President Bob Wise talks about ESSA's funding flexibility and investing in America's 'graduation dividend'.

“Thanks to a lot of hard work by educators everywhere, high school graduation rates have inched up 1 percentage point every year since 2011, hitting a record 82 percent last year. That is a trend with huge implications for the U.S. economy: Another 1-point gain by the Class of 2016 likely will add approximately $742 million to the gross domestic product by the midpoint of those graduates’ careers, according to the Alliance for Excellent Education.” Continue reading.