Nationally, about 70 percent of U.S. students graduate on time with a regular diploma. For Hispanic and black students, the proportion drops to about half. Sadly, more than one in ten high schools across America are places where no more than 60 percent of the students who start as freshmen make it to their senior year. They’ve come to be known as ‘dropout factories.’
“Checking In On Dropping Out” is a collaborative project by PBS Newshour’s “Student Reporting Labs” and PPH’s Radio Rootz program. Many of the Radio Rootz reporters come from these very “dropout factories” and their reportage will investigate why so many of their classmates are not finishing high school. From the rise of charter schools, syphoning away dwindling public dollars that have traditionally funded public schools, to the flight of good teachers into better paying private or charter schools, kids left behind at traditional public schools feel forgotten.