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Hunger By Any Name December 7, 2010

Posted by ffralmm in Health & Nutrition.
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Even though the local economy is strong compared to other areas around the country, many Madison County residents are still struggling. A letter writer to the The Huntsville Times reported bare cupboards at food pantries. For data collectors, hunger goes by many names.

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Building a Grad Nation December 4, 2010

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All too often Alabama education statistics disappoint and frustrate, but a new report issued November 30 contained news to celebrate. “Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic” listed Alabama among states making “moderate progress” in reducing high school dropout rates. In fact, Alabama ranked fourth nationally. The report was published by America’s Promise Alliance and can be viewed in its entirety here: http://www.edweek.org/media/14grad1.pdf.

The state statistics begin on page 26 and list drop out rates for 2002, 2008, percent change, and the estimated net gain in graduates. The report and analysis of Alabama’s progress is discussed in detail on pages 32-33. An appendix on page 70 contains data on the change in the number of “dropout factory” high schools.