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A truant student faces both his schools attendance counselor, left, and his father at the same time when he's caught cutting school.
Kavitha Cardoza
A truant student faces both his schools attendance counselor, left, and his father at the same time when he's caught cutting school.

As a part of the American Graduate program, Kavitha Cardoza, WAMU 88.5 education reporter, produced a series of pieces examining the dropout crisis in D.C. Cardoza interviews teachers, parents, researchers, and dropouts as she looks at the causes and consequences of the dropout problem, which affects approximately 1 million students each year and has been called "the civil rights issue of our time."

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