School's Out: America's Dropout Crisis One of the most complicated and heart-wrenching problems in education today is the dropout crisis. Nearly 1 million teenagers stop going to school every year. In a series, NPR explores the financial and emotional toll of this crisis in education on five people.
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School's Out: America's Dropout Crisis

NPR explores the financial and emotional toll of this crisis in education on five people.

Kenny Buchanan, 44, dropped out of school as a teenager. He lost his job when the economy collapsed. Claudio Sanchez/NPR hide caption

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A High School Dropout's Midlife Hardships

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Danny Lamont Jones, 16, doesn't live at the Rose Street Youth Shelter anymore, but he spends a lot of his time there. Chris Hartlove hide caption

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Nick Dunn, 16, gave up on school shortly after he lost his father. He lives with his mother, Deborah Gilmore Dunn, in rural South Carolina. Claudio Sanchez/NPR hide caption

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Lauren Ortega, 20, has two young kids and is struggling to finish her GED. Claudio Sanchez/NPR hide caption

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A Young Mom Resists A Cycle Of Failure

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Patrick Lundvick, 19, dropped out, spent time in jail and is now getting a second chance in South Chicago. Claudio Sanchez/NPR hide caption

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School Dropout Rates Add To Fiscal Burden

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