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Dropout Nation

September 25, 2012

What does it take to save a student?

(113:40) A portrait of students in crisis and those waging a daily struggle to get them to graduate



Dropout Nation Outreach

Why do students dropout? And what can be done? Join FRONTLINE’s national outreach campaign and learn about ending the dropout crisis in your community.

A Note from Dropout Nation’s Marco: “I Love My Life”

Marco is now a paratrooper in the U.S. Army, and wrote in to FRONTLINE with some advice for would-be graduates.

Dropout Nation’s Marcus Finally Gets to Play Ball

When we last saw Marcus, the stubborn, charismatic student in Dropout Nation, he had just punched another kid in the face two hours before the school year ended, an act that jeopardized his chance to stay in school and play football.

A Changing of the Guard at Houston’s Disciplinary School

After 15 years of pioneering a private model of disciplining public school students — and arousing persistent controversy from Florida to Texas — Community Education Partners (CEP), one of the nation’s largest private education firms, says it is closing its doors.

Apollo 20: One Man’s Plan to Fix Failing Schools

Like many of the kids who wind up in failing public schools, Harvard economist Roland Fryer grew up amid violence and drugs, and with little hope for the future.

Live Chat Wed. 2 P.M. ET: Inside America’s Dropout Epidemic

Every year, hundreds of thousands of teenagers in the United States quit high school without diplomas — an epidemic so … Continue reading

By the Numbers: Dropping Out of High School

How costly is the decision to dropout of high school? Consider a few figures about life without a diploma.

City Year Middle School Moment Screening

Join FRONTLINE and City Year for a live screening and open conversation about new evidence suggesting that the make-or-break moment for high school dropouts may actually occur in middle school.

Who Isn’t Graduating From High School?

As the season of mortarboard flinging, inspirational speeches and $5 billion in congratulatory gifts is once again upon us, it’s worth … Continue reading

Introducing “Dropout Nation”

FRONTLINE is pleased to join our colleagues at more than 60 public media stations around the country in the American Graduate: … Continue reading


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