American Graduate: Teachers Speak Out About the Dropout Crisis

American Graduate: Teachers Speak Out About the Dropout Crisis

As part of the American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen initiative, WUSF Public Media has produced this special Florida Matters on the dropout crisis in Florida.
We talk to a student who almost dropped out -- until his mother and a special school intervenes.
We talk to teachers at a special town hall meeting in Jacksonville about their problems, frustrations and possible solutions.
And we hear from one potential teacher about her reaction to hearing from these teachers.
“American Graduate" partner organizations and stations include FPBS, WLRN (Miami), WJCT (Jacksonville), WFSU (Tallahassee), WDSC (Daytona), WUSF (Tampa) and WEDU (Tampa).
The public media initiative, American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen is helping communities across America identify and implement solutions to address the high school dropout crisis. Made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the multi-year campaign is designed to raise awareness and dialogue through national and local multiplatform programming.
More than 600 partnerships have been formed locally through American Graduate and CPB is partnering with America's Promise Alliance and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Visit American Graduate on Facebook, Twitter or

Tuesday at 6:30 PM | Sunday at 7:30 AM on WUSF 89.7
Monday at 10:00 PM on WSMR 89.1

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Carson Cooper is a familiar voice. He has become a favorite of WUSF listeners as the local host of NPR's "Morning Edition" on WUSF 89.7 since he took the job in 2000. Carson has worked in Tampa Bay radio for more than two decades. He has been the host of WUSF 89.7's Florida Matters since its launch in 2006. During that time he has reported on a variety of issues of importance to the community, including growth management, education, transportation, affordable housing, taxation, public health and the environment.

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