Connie Langland

Connie Langland is a freelance education writer.

Educators say districts should seize the opportunity to create a new, better system for students and families.
Citywide program works with families at home and in neighborhood libraries.
Fewer than 20 percent of freshman who fall behind make up ground and earn diplomas.
The goal is to boost daily participation to 70 percent of students in attendance.
The federal pilot project advises young adults in West Philadelphia on how to present themselves professionally.