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Poking Holes in Obama's Praise of Denver's Bruce Randolph School

The school is graduating 97 percent of seniors, but how many students drop out senior year?


In this week's State of the Union address, President Obama praised Denver's Bruce Randolph Middle and High School as a model of education reform that works. Last year the campus, which was taken over by its teachers, graduated 97 percent of seniors despite being located in a low-income, urban area—something most similar high schools have yet to achieve. But is Bruce Randolph's success all that it's cracked up to be?

Mike Cohen, the head of the advocacy group Achieve, Inc., says that although that graduation rate is worthy of praise, there's a another data point the public needs to know.

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State of the Union 2011: The Education Arms Race

Obama called for a "Sputnik" moment in education reform—except instead of competing against Russia to get to space, we're competing against Asia.


Education reform was the star of President Obama's 2011 State of the Union address. He called for a "Sputnik" moment in education reform and innovation—except instead of competing against Russia to get to space, we're competing technologically and economically against Asia, particularly China and India. Essentially, the education "arms race" is on.

Obama called for Americans to step up to the education plate, saying that

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