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  • December 31, 2012  

    Jobs can provide teenagers with an exciting glimpse of economic freedom, as well as a new set of responsibilities and money, often for the first time. But education experts say part-time and after-school jobs also play a pivotal role in keeping young people on the path toward high school graduation. Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue reading

  • May 21, 2012  

    Since 1994, YouthBuild has trained 110,000 high school dropouts around the country to put up houses for their community and think critically in the classroom while earning their GEDs or diplomas. As part of the American Graduate series, Paul Solman reports on a program designed to keep kids learning inside and outside of class. Continue reading

  • April 17, 2012  

    Trying to entice wayward students back to class in Las Vegas, Chaparral High School Principal David Wilson led teams into communities to knock on doors in search of dropouts. Ray Suarez reports on an offbeat approach starting to show some signs of success in a city that ranks near the bottom in the nation for graduation rates. Continue reading

  • April 20, 2010  

    Community colleges are playing an increasing role in the country’s higher educational system, but a high percentage of their students never finish their coursework. Jeffrey Brown talks to experts about a new national accountability standard aimed at bolstering graduation rates. Continue reading

  • March 18, 2010  

    As the annual college basketball tournament known as March Madness begins, there is a proposal to block men’s college basketball teams that don’t graduate at least 40 percent of their players. Judy Woodruff talks to a sports journalism professor for more on athletics and academics. Continue reading

  • December 16, 2008  

    President-elect Barack Obama named Chicago schools chief Arne Duncan as his pick for education secretary Tuesday. Analysts examine the challenges facing U.S. schools and how Duncan’s efforts to turn around troubled Chicago schools will translate to the Cabinet post. Continue reading

  • April 3, 2008  

    In the latest in a series of reports on urban school reform, John Merrow reports on how the schools chief in New Orleans plans to deal with some of the most troubled schools in a city still recovering from Hurricane Katrina. Continue reading

  • June 27, 2006  

    While the drop-out rate of high school students increases, experts struggle to develop an accurate measure and determine why some students fail to graduate. Continue reading