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Houston ISD's Apollo 20 program comes under the national spotlight this evening. A new Frontline documentary, Dropout Nation, will take viewers through a semester at Sharpstown High School — a campus with one of the district's highest dropout rates. The school is one of 20 the district is focusing with its Apollo program to increase student success and graduation numbers. KUHF's David Pitman talked with Sharpstown High's campus improvement coordinator Brandi Brevard.
Here, they discuss the biggest obstacles in getting students to graduation day, the great lengths some administrators have gone to keeping kids in class, and whether the solution to the dropout epidemic is better instruction, or getting students to change their minds about the long-term value of an education.