APM Reports

EMILY HANFORD / APM REPORTS

Airs Sunday, September 17, 2017, at 6 p.m. There may be nothing more important in the educational life of a child than having effective teachers. But the United States is struggling to attract and keep teachers. The problem is most acute in rural areas, where kids may learn math from a social studies teacher. In urban schools, the teachers most likely to leave are black men, who make up just 2 percent of teachers.

Airs Sunday, September 25, at 6 p.m. The nation's high school graduation rate is at an all-time high, but high-poverty schools face a stubborn challenge. There is virtually no way to make a legal living these days without at least a high school diploma. Still, nearly 20 percent of students don’t finish. Why? This documentary explores what students and teachers are up against in some of the nation’s poorest high schools. We document the progress that has been made at one former “dropout factory” and ask what it would take to help more kids succeed.