Dec. 29, 2011
In San Francisco Bay Area, New Ideas on Innovating Out of Dropout Crisis
As part of our American Graduate series, correspondent Spencer Michels sits down with the new boss of the Oakland Unified School District and a college dean who's trying to get people to rethink how students are stereotyped and what that means for the way they're educated.
Dec. 29, 2011
Oakland Program Aims to Pique Girls' Interest in Science, Tech Careers
As part of the NewsHour's American Graduate series, correspondent Spencer Michels reports on Techbridge, an after-school program based in Oakland, Calif., that shows hundreds of female students a path to pursuing careers in science and technology, while also trying to minimize the chances of them dropping out of school.
Dec. 23, 2011
The Education Conversation
We look at what's happening in the world of education as seen on Twitter, video and other digital destinations.
Dec. 16, 2011
Celebrity Calls Urge Students To Get Up, 'Get Schooled'
Supermodel Tyra Banks poses with students at Mary McLeod Bethune Middle School in Los Angeles after surprising them with a pep rally as part of the Get Schooled Foundation's attendance challenge.
Dec. 13, 2011
Singer Anthony Hamilton Encourages Teens to Stay in School
According to the Children's Defense Fund, more than 400,000 children are registered in the foster care system in the United States, and less than one in four are adopted each year.
Nov. 25, 2011
Detroit Tackles Dropout Crisis By Engaging Students, Parents
Education Secretary Arne Duncan has called Detroit, where four out of 10 children don't graduate from high school, "arguably, the worst school district in the country." Hari Sreenivasan and Detroit Public Television report on how the city's public schools are tackling poor graduation rates.
Nov. 25, 2011
Reporter's Notebook: Helping Students Succeed in Detroit
The facts that paint a bleak, dark, down-and-out Motor City are not scarce. Whether it is the unemployment, or foreclosures, or crime, Detroit finds itself on lists like Forbes' 20 most miserable cities. But when it comes to education, a turnaround is under way.
Nov. 21, 2011
As Poorest U.S. City, Reading Also Struggling With High Dropout Rate
One city's struggle to regain its economic footing is also tied to significant problems in its schools. Jeffrey Brown reports from Reading, Pa., as part of our American Graduate series.
Nov. 9, 2011
Indiana Crafts Dropout Remedy Through Choice of Schools
Special correspondent John Tulenko reports from Indiana, where a voucher program allows families to choose religious schools, charter schools and public schools in neighboring districts for their children as part of an effort to provide more options when graduation rates are low.
Nov. 8, 2011
St. Louis Teachers Voice Struggles Over Dropouts
Teachers are struggling to find solutions to the high school dropout crisis plaguing the nation. As part of our American Graduate Project series, Gwen Ifill discusses the challenges educators are facing in the classroom with Civic Enterprises' John Bridgeland.
Sept. 21, 2011
Denzel Washington on Dropouts: 'Most Dangerous Time' for Kids Right After School
In the first installment of an 18-month series on the nation's high school dropout rate, Gwen Ifill sits down with Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington to discuss his work as national spokesman for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and making a difference in the lives of at-risk youth.
June 22, 2011
Students in 'Dropout Factory' Schools Explore Why Kids Quit
Nationally, about 70 percent of U.S. students graduate on time with a regular diploma, according to data compiled by Education Week. For Hispanic and African American students, the proportion drops to about 50 percent.
June 9, 2011
Youth Drop Out Panel: Community Support is Key to Graduation
"Checking In On Dropping Out" is a collaborative project by PBS NewsHour's Student Reporting Labs and People Production House's Radio Rootz program. Many of the Radio Rootz journalists come from so-called "dropout factories" where only 60 percent of students finish in four years.
May 27, 2011
Students Report on Washington, D.C.'s Dropout Epidemic
Radio Rootz's mission is to work with young people in communities historically excluded from the media and help them build the knowledge and tools to become the next generation of media makers and civically engaged leaders.