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April 2022
News, updates and perspectives on the
future of education from FLEX High
A Flexible School Schedule was a Lifeline for Hayley
It was a chance meeting that brought Hayley Rico to our school. She was 17 years old, taking care of herself and her little brother because their parents who suffered from addiction were unable to properly provide for them. She had been kicked out of school for not attending regularly and was turned away from other schools because she had no permanent address to provide. Hayley happened to be at a community services event, and that evening two staff members from our school were there to talk about the school. Hayley enrolled the next day.
U.S. Education Secretary is Right on the Money – Let’s Mandate Financial Literacy Classes
The Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona says personal finance lessons should be mandatory in our schools, and we certainly agree. Since our FLEX schools opened, we have been teaching financial literacy to its high school students for the past seven years. Currently only 21 states mandate financial classes in high schools and only a few more require them available as elective courses.

During Financial Literacy Month, it’s important to note... 
One Key to Solving the Dropout Crisis is by Saving the Ninth Graders
Ninth grade is hard. Being 14 or 15 years old and experiencing multiple emotional and hormonal changes is challenging. Now after two years of remote instruction many students entering high school as freshmen must navigate a new, larger school, while finding the schoolwork more difficult, with core classes and standardized tests. Even previous straight-A students see their grades slip for the first time.
It’s no surprise that ninth graders...