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The High Cost of High School Dropouts: What the Nation Pays for Inadequate High Schools

The social and economic implications of America's high dropout rate are staggering. In addition to the waste of human potential, the costs of dropouts include lower tax revenues from lower paying jobs, higher crime rates, higher demand for social services, and the loss of global economic competitiveness.

Every school day, almost seven thousand students become dropouts. Annually, that adds up to about 1.2 million students who will not graduate from high school with their peers as scheduled.

This issue brief from The Alliance for Excellent Education includes statistics on which students aren't graduating, graduation rates by state, and estimated loss of lifetime income for these dropouts.

Alliance for Excellent Education (2008)

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