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Fighting the Odds: Inside D.C.’s Dropout Crisis
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Why Kids Drop Out: Identifying The Early Warning Signs
Teachers work to catch risk factors and help their students stay in school
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D.C. sees huge drop in graduation rate under new calculation
Breaking The Cycle When Dropping Out Runs In The Family
Two women reflect on four generations that haven't finished high school
More than at any other time, getting a good job requires a strong education, especially in a global market. But in international rankings of high school graduation, the U.S. is near the bottom of the list of developed countries. It's a statistic that has not gone unnoticed by educators and policymakers at the highest levels, and many of them are now looking to other countries to see where American schools can improve.
In 2009, President Obama spoke to students at Wakefield High School in Arlington, carrying a strong message: dropping out is not patriotic.
"If you quit on school, you're not just quitting on yourself, you're quitting on your country," he said.
The president has said other countries were "out-educating us." It seems they're also out-graduating us.
The United States used to be number one for high school graduation. But times have changed. In 2009, the U.S. ranked 21st...
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