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Why are dropout rates so high?

More than a million high school students drop out each year. That’s one in four, and the rate is much higher among African-American and Hispanic students.

The good news is that there are fewer so-called “dropout factories” - schools where 60% or fewer make it from their freshman year to their senior year.

A new report (which can be found here) shows in 2010 there were 1,550 such schools. That’s down 23% since 2002. Many programs are trying to keep this trend going.

Later today at the “Building a Grad Nation Summit” in Washington, AT&T will announce a $250 million investment in such programs.

This morning on “Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien,” AT&T Chief Sustainability Officer Charlene Lake, CNN education contributor Steve Perry and America’s Graduates program participant Tyra Gleaton talk about the importance of turning around the dropout rate.

College visit program motivated student

01:37 - Source: CNN
College visit program motivated student

AT&T donates massive sum to students

00:43 - Source: CNN
AT&T donates massive sum to students