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Celebrate and Support: The Step from Graduation to College Is a Big One

This year and every year, we at the foundation are committed to ensuring that more students walk across the stage to receive their diploma and leave that ceremony college ready.

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Rethinking 12th Grade: Making the Most of Senior Year to Prepare All Students for Postsecondary Success

Ready or Not: It’s Time to Rethink the 12th Grade—a research series and initiative by Jobs for the Future—argues that improving senior year cannot actually happen by K-12 acting alone. While our nation’s secondary and postsecondary systems have a long tradition of independence, it is time now to consider a joint approach—a strategy that brings together high school and college educators where their interests converge and where they come closer than ever to sharing the same students.

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Getting to Graduation: It Takes a Community

A school district is more than just getting students to graduation. Former superintendent of Renton School District Mary Alice Heuschel talks about how her old school district is helping its students become lifelong learners.

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Effective, Affordable Preschool: Expanding Early Learning

Because pre-K is so important to creating a lifelong benefits, we are passionate about expanding opportunities for young children to access high-quality, effective and affordable preschool education.

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A College Student's Mission to Change the World

Last month, I had dinner with an amazing group of college students. Their stories and a profile on our co-chair, Bill Gates, are in the fall issue of Ebony magazine -on newsstands now.

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