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Dr. Michael W. Kirst

Michael W. Kirst is Professor Emeritus of Education and Business Administration at Stanford University since 1969.
Dr. Kirst received his Ph.D. in political economy and government from Harvard. Before joining the Stanford University faculty, Dr. Kirst held several positions with the federal government, including Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Manpower, Employment and Poverty. He was a former president of the California State Board of Education. His book From High School to College with Andrea Venezia was published by Jossey Bass in 2004.

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My blog discusses the important and complex subjects of college completion, college success, student risk factors (for failing), college readiness, and academic preparation. I will explore the pieces of the college puzzle that heavily influence, if not determine, college success rates.

NCLB and College Preparation: Little Is Funded

Title 1 the main funding source for NCLB provides 14 billion annually, but only 6% of this money goes to high schools and 15% goes to middle and high schools combined ! So not much college preparation can be provided to low income students who are at risk of not completing college because of poor academic skills and knowledge. This needs to be a major focus of NCLB reauthorization. Foundation support for college preparation can not come close to matching the potential of Title 1 as a funding source.
I doubt adding new categorical programs for high schools is the best route. Congress is considering a billion for Success in Middle Schools Act, and 2.5 billion for a Graduation Promise Act. But college prep needs to be at the core of NCLB, not an add on through yet another underfunded categorical.

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