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Depression in late teens linked to high school drop out

“School dropout portends other bad outcomes, like the inability to gain employment, involvement in substance abuse and problems with the juvenile justice system,” said Laura Mufson of Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, who wasn’t involved in the study. More than one in eight young people ages 16 to 24 are neither working nor in school, according to the Social Science Research Council’s Measure of America project. —  Business Standard December 9, 2017

NYC’s high school wars: Helicopter parenting hits a new peak

An extensive report on the “broken promises” of the school-choice model published last June in the New York Times cited Kristen Lewis of the nonprofit social-science initiative Measure of America, who said her team’s data analysis “revealed, in essence, two separate public school systems operating in the city. There are some great options for the families best equipped to navigate the application process. But there are not enough good choices for everyone, so every year thousands of children, including some very good students, end up in mediocre high schools, or worse.” —  Salon December 9, 2017