Every year, hundreds of thousands of teenagers drop out of school, at a rate so endemic it’s impossible to know the exact number. But behind each of those students, there is a story.
These stories are the ones that Frank Koughan wanted to tell in the new Frontline documentary “Dropout Nation.”
"Dropout Nation" focuses on Houston’s Sharpstown High, once notorious as a "dropout factory." Frontline, produced by our partner WGBH, spent a semester at Sharpstown, profiling four high risk students. Many of these teens are fighting terrible odds — some are homeless, or working 40 hours a week in addition to attending school.
But in the eyes of staff members like Brandi Brevard, many of these kids have a fighting chance, if adults like her take the time to care for them.