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Inside America’s Dropout Epidemic: A FRONTLINE/NBC Education Nation Live Chat

By Michelle Michalos
Tuesday, September 25th, 2012
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Photo courtesy of FRONTLINE.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of teenagers in the United States quit high school without diplomas—an epidemic so widespread that nobody knows the exact number. What is clear is that massive dropout rates cripple individual career prospects and cloud the country’s future.

FRONTLINE producer Frank Koughan and his team spent a semester at Houston’s Sharpstown High School to explore a high-stakes experiment to rescue students from the edge and turn around one of the city’s worst performing schools.

What is at stake for students who dropout? What are the challenges they face? And what can be done to stem the tide of this national emergency? Join Frank Koughan, Houston school administrators Brandi Brevard and Mark White, and John Bridgeland from Civic Enterprises for a live chat to discuss these questions — and answer yours. Guest questioner Rehema Ellis, chief education correspondent from NBC News, will also participate.

This live chat is hosted in partnership with NBC News Education Nation.

Join the discussion below at 2 p.m. ET on Weds, Sept. 26, and submit your questions in the chat window below.
Dropout Nation Live Chat