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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 AmericanGraduate.org.

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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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