High School Dropout Problem Examined in WRAL-TV Doc

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High School Dropout Problem Examined in WRAL-TV Documentary

Focal Point

At first glance, North Carolina’s dropout rate, as reported by the state Department of Public Instruction, doesn’t seem all that bad. It’s less than five percent for grades 9-12. But that’s during a single school year. A look at the bigger picture reveals a much more startling statistic – that about 40 percent of North Carolina’s high school students leave without a diploma.

WRAL-TV’s latest installment in its Focal Point documentary series examines North Carolina’s dropout problem. “Focal Point: Absent Minds” airs Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 7:30pm. It profiles students to examine why they drop out and what impact leaving school before earning a diploma has on them and their future.

“Focal Point: Absent Minds” also explores the effectiveness of dropout prevention and intervention programs, as well as how they can be expanded to reduce the number of dropouts.

The half-hour documentary “Focal Point: Absent Minds” is hosted by WRAL-TV Anchor Pam Saulsby.

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