Kenny Buchanan, dropped out at age 18
Claudio Sanchez, education correspondent, NPR
Patrick Lundvick, dropped out at age 15
Each year, nearly 1 million teenagers stop going to school, a decision that can hound them for decades. The unemployment rate for people without a high school diploma is nearly twice that of the general population. They are more likely to commit crimes, abuse drugs and alcohol, or live in poverty.