A new study says that one in ten high schools are “dropout factories.” With graduation rates in these schools hovering around 60 percent, we’ll look at the reasons for this development and what if anything can be done about it.


  • Holly Kuzmich Deputy Chief of Staff to Education Secretary Margaret Spellings
  • Mark Garber Executive Editor and Vice President of Editorial Operations for Portland Tribune and Community Newspapers
  • Bob Wise Former Democratic Governor of West Virginia and President of the Alliance for Excellent Education.
  • Bill Milliken Author of "The Last Dropout: Stop the Epidemic!" and founder of Communities in Schools, a community-based organization helping young people stay in school and prepare for life.
  • Robert Balfanz A research scientist at the Center for Social Organization of Schools at the School of Arts and Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University

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