Dallas Can Academy Graduating Students Credit School For A Second Chance At Education By Shelley Kofler • Jun 17, 2013 More than 240 Dallas students who had quit school got their diplomas over the weekend. In a continuation of KERA’s American Graduate project, Shelley Kofler looks at how they beat the odds. Inside The Dropout Crisis: Why Boys Leave School, And Why They Return By Shelley Kofler • Sep 26, 2012 Janine Khammash / KERA News Texas schools lose one out of every four students who drop out between 9th and 12th grades. The problem is especially alarming for Hispanic and black males, who are more than twice as likely to leave school. So what's gone wrong?