MTV on Dropping Out
MTV is using the airwaves—naturally—to take a closer look at dropping out. On May 9, MTV:Music Television is premiering a new documentary titled "The Dropout Chronicles" that looks at three young people on the brink of leaving school without a diploma. The show will air on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. EST/PT on MTV2. It will also be shown at Wednesday's "National Summit on America's Silent Epidemic" in Washington, an event that MTV is co-hosting with Time, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Civic Enterprises, and the National Governors Association to examine the reasons so many young people drop out of high school and ways to stem the tide. According to the National Governors Association, more than 1 million American high school students drop out every year. Want to know how many kids finish high school in your area? The EPE Research Center offers data on graduation rates nationwide.