School's Out: America's Dropout Crisis
July 28, 2011 Accurate dropout figures are very hard to find because most states don't adequately collect or analyze the data. Part of the problem is that every state has had a different definition for dropout. Dropped out and then enrolled in a GED program? Some states don't consider you a dropout.
July 27, 2011 Danny Lamont Jones (right) raised lots of red flags not long after he enrolled as an eighth-grader in a Baltimore school. He was quiet, struggling academically, and he didn't show up very often. It's unclear whether efforts to keep the 16-year-old in school will succeed.
July 26, 2011 Nearly a third of students in rural areas don't graduate. In states like South Carolina, lots of teenagers just don't think they need a high school diploma. Nick Dunn, 16, is at risk of joining the ranks of dropouts. School administrators say he lives under "chaotic conditions" at home.
July 26, 2011 Not a day goes by that Lauren Ortega doesn't regret quitting high school. Now, after having two children, the 20-year-old Californian is struggling to complete her GED even as she and her boyfriend are barely able to make ends meet.
July 25, 2011 Of all the problems this country faces in education, one of the most complicated, heart-wrenching and urgent is the dropout crisis. Nearly 1 million teenagers stop going to school every year. Patrick Lundvick, 19, had been hustling and involved with gangs on the streets of South Chicago for much of his life. After dropping out of school at 15, he spent time in jail. Now he's getting a second chance.
July 24, 2011 Nearly 1 million teenagers stop going to school every year. And the impact of that decision is lifelong and the statistics are stark. Dropouts are more likely to commit crimes, abuse drugs and alcohol, become teenage parents, live in poverty and commit suicide.