WAMU 88.5, NPR, PBS, and other media outlets are looking at the causes and consequences of the dropout problem, which affects approximately 1 million students each year and has been called "the civil rights issue of our time."
WAMU 88.5: The D.C. Dropout Crisis
WAMU 88.5 has spent the past several months delving into the high school dropout crisis in Washington, D.C., where more than 40 percent of students fail to complete their studies within four years. We visited innovative schools, talked with kids managing to succeed despite having the deck stacked against them, and compared the U.S.'s floundering graduation rate to that of schools overseas.
PBS: American Graduate
Currently implemented in 44 U.S. schools, a data-driven dropout prevention program called Diplomas Now targets students who start to fall behind in middle school, and offers them nurturing, mentoring relationships. Ray Suarez reports on how a Baton Rouge middle school was able to turn itself around by adopting this approach. See full story at PBS NewsHour.
NPR: School's Out: America's Dropout Crisis
Danny Lamont Jones (right) raised lots of red flags not long after he enrolled as an eighth-grader in a Baltimore school. He was quiet, struggling academically, and he didn't show up very often. It's unclear whether efforts to keep the 16-year-old in school will succeed. [NPR, July 27, 2011, Baltimore, MD]