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D.C. Program Tries To Curb Dropout Rate

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Close to one in three high school students in D.C. drops out of school, according to the latest statistics. A coalition of organizations is trying to use the legacy of one local historian to change that.

Dr. Carter G. Woodson has been credited with the creation of black history month. Barbara Spencer, a youth group leader, says boosting students' self-esteem could help them stay in school.

Spencer is working with other educators to create programs around Woodson's life. They presented the first to about 50 high school students at Howard University this week.

15-year-old Yasmine Holland says convincing students to stay in school won't be easy. Educators like Spencer are not easily discouraged, though. They will continue programs about Woodson in D.C. and across the country.

Jamila Bey reports...


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