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September 2012
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What Does It Take To Save A Student From Dropping Out?

What does it take to save a student? Every year, hundreds of thousands of teenagers in the United States quit high school without diplomas — an epidemic so out of control that nobody knows the exact number.

What is clear is that massive dropout rates cripple individual career prospects and cloud the country’s future -- as Frontline: Dropout Nation, airing Tuesday at 9 p.m., discovers

At Houston’s Sharpstown High, once a notorious “dropout factory,” a high-stakes experiment is underway to rescue students from the edge. Frontline spent a semester immersed in Sharpstown High to produce an unforgettable portrait of four students in crisis and the teachers, counselors and principal waging a daily, personal struggle to get them to graduation.

A troubling and inspiring journey through the maze of an inner-city high school, Frontline: Dropout Nation investigates the causes, challenges, and potential solutions of a national emergency.

TPT is also diving into the dropout issue with an interactive documentary following six fictional teens as make their case for planning to drop out of high school. Click here to check out Ed Zed Omega and share your opinions with these teens as they face this decision.

Plus, learn more about the public media initiative American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen by clicking here. If you're looking for local resources and to get involved, contact the Minnesota Alliance with Youth at info@mnyouth.net.

Since 1997, the Minnesota Alliance with Youth has been the leading convener, collaborator and capacity builder for education & youth development in Minnesota. The Alliance works to ensure that every young person has the resources they need to reach their potential & graduate from high school.

Watch an extended preview of Frontline: Dropout Nation below and be sure to tune in this Tuesday at 9 p.m. on tpt 2.

Watch Dropout Nation Preview on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE.


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