The Significance of the Dropout Crisis
The staggering statistics mean that millions of young people enter adulthood without the preparation they need to become productive citizens. The future looks grim for the more than 1 million young people who drop out of high school in America each year.
These statistics also mean that our nation’s future is at stake. And the impact of the dropout crisis is being felt in communities across America. Four out of 10 dropouts receive some kind of government assistance. And dropouts are eight times more likely to become incarcerated. The annual cost to educate a student is $9,644. The annual cost to incarcerate a person is $22,600. Reducing the dropout rate by 10 percent a year would produce $191 million in crime-related savings and would provide additional state income of $103 million. Investing in solutions to the dropout crisis would have a profound effect on our economy, on our national crime rate, and on our ability to compete in the global marketplace