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6:33am

Wed July 29, 2015

5:00am

Wed July 29, 2015
American Graduate

One Way To Fight The Dropout Crisis? Make School A Summer Job

Missael Villareal spending some summer vacation hours in a University of Northern Colorado computer lab
Courtesy of the Student Recovery Program

Even with falling dropout rates in Colorado, thousands of high school students are still slipping through the cracks each year. One program in Northern Colorado is fighting the dropout crisis a few dozen students at a time, by paying some of the most at-risk young people to attend classes over the summer.

The Student Recovery Program operates in Greeley-Evans District 6, focusing exclusively on low-income Latino males, who are statistically more likely to drop out of high school than almost any other demographic group in Colorado. It's funded with private donations as well as state and local grants.

So how does paying students to stay in school work?

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10:56am

Tue July 28, 2015
Agriculture

Lawsuit Alleging JBS Discrimination Against Muslim Employees Will Proceed

JBS USA's headquarters in Greeley, Colorado.
Credit Stephanie Paige Ogburn / KUNC

A federal lawsuit that alleges Greeley-based meatpacking company JBS USA engaged in wide-scale discrimination against Muslim employees is heading to trial.

U.S. District Court Judge Philip Brimmer denied the company’s request for summary judgment in a case that stems back to 2008 when the company’s Greeley beef plant fired Somali Muslim employees who were requesting breaks be scheduled to coincide with prayer time during Ramadan, a month of the Islamic calendar that requires daytime fasting and prayer.

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7:07am

Tue July 28, 2015

5:00am

Tue July 28, 2015
American Graduate

Here's A Unique Approach To Keep Kids In High School: Pay Them

Courtesy of the Student Recovery Program

While many of their friends are hanging out at the mall or playing video games at home during the summer, about 40 high school sophomores and juniors are spending their vacation days in class. But unlike a typical summer school… this program actually pays them to be there.

One thing these students all have in common is that they're all Latino males who attend either Northridge or Greeley Central High School. Another common characteristic: they're all considered at high risk of dropping out of school before getting a diploma.

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