The PBS Newshour begins an 18-month focus reporting about the dropout crisis. PBS Newshour airs Monday-Friday from 6:00 pm-7:00 pm on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11). Watch NEW on-demand videos
During this 18-month project, NewsHour correspondents will travel the country examining the roots of the dropout problem and its consequences for American society. For additional reports from this project: Go to the PBS Newshour American Graduate Reports
While the Newshour correspondents report on the depth of the problem, the PBS Newshourâ€™s Student Reporting Labs will help classrooms and afterschool programs investigate the dropout issues from the perspective of the young people most affected.
Finally, educators across the country will get the chance to weigh in on the problem through a series of Teacher Town Halls organized by Macneil/Lehrer Productions and local American Graduate public television stations.
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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. For more information see the Newhour report
Watch Detroit Tackles Dropout Crisis By Engaging Students, Parents on PBS. See more from PBS NEWSHOUR.
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. For more information see the Newhour report
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. For more information see the Newshour report.
Watch Indiana Crafts Dropout Remedy Through Choice of Schools on PBS. See more from PBS NEWSHOUR.
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 and teachers from St. Louis. For more information see the Newshour report.
ï»¿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. (Aired 9/21/2011) For more information and a full transcript of the interview you can read more at the Newshour website.
Watch Denzel Washington on High School Dropouts, At-Risk Youth on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.Learn more about Newshour coverage