American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting working with national partners, such as America's Promise Alliance and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The initiative builds upon public media's long-standing commitment to education by facilitating conversations and strengthening partnerships between public media stations and local schools, businesses, and community organizations.
Nearly 90,500 students did not graduate from Florida’s high schools in 2010; the lost lifetime earnings in Florida for that class of dropouts alone total nearly $24 billion.
Florida’s economy could see a combination of crime-related savings and additional revenue of about $507 million each year if the male high school graduation rate increased by just 5 percent.
Florida could save as much as $1.5 billion in health care costs over the lifetimes of each class of dropouts had they earned their diplomas.