Magazine article USA TODAY

"Frontline" Studies Education & Election

Magazine article USA TODAY

"Frontline" Studies Education & Election

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What does it take to save a student? Every year, hundreds of thousands of teenagers in the U.S. quit high school without diplomas--an epidemic so out of control that nobody knows the exact number. What is clear is that massive dropout rates cripple individual career prospects and cloud the country's future.

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At Houston's Sharpstown High, once a notorious "dropout factory," a high-stakes experiment is underway to rescue students from the edge. "FRONTLINE" spent a semester immersed in Sharpstown to produce a portrait of four students in crisis and the teachers, counselors, and principal waging a daily, personal struggle to get them to graduation. A troubling and inspiring journey through the maze of an inner-city high school, "Dropout Nation" (9 p.m. Sept. 25) investigates the causes, challenges and potential solutions of a national emergency.

At 9 p.m. on Oct. 9, meanwhile, "FRONTLINE" makes its Season 31 premiere with "The Choice 2012," a two-hour documentary that journeys into the places, people, and decisive moments that made the men who are competing for the presidency. …

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