URBAN RENEWAL: New Alliance Research Shows U.S. Urban Economy Will Grow By Billions of Dollars If High School Dropout Rate is Reduced in America’s Fifty Largest Cities ArticleNovember 23, 2009
On November 18, the Alliance for Excellent Education released new research showing that the U.S. urban economy would grow significantly if the number of high school dropouts were cut in half in the nation's fifty largest cities.
ACHIEVING GRADUATION FOR ALL: A New Report Offers Governors a Plan of Action to Tackle the High School Dropout Crisis ArticleNovember 09, 2009
A new report from the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) calls on the nation's governors to take action to address the high school dropout crisis.
READY, WILLING, AND UNABLE TO SERVE: New Report Says 75 Percent of Young People Are Unable to Enlist in the Military ArticleNovember 09, 2009
Approximately 75 percent of young people aged seventeen to twenty-four are unable to enlist in the military because they fail to graduate from high school, have a criminal record, or are physically unfit.
THE CONSEQUENCES OF DROPPING OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL: Average High School Dropout Has a Negative Net Fiscal Contribution to Society of $5,200, Says New Report ArticleOctober 26, 2009
According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, high school dropouts are having a harder time finding and keeping jobs than individuals with higher levels of education.
PRIORITIZING THE NATION’S DROPOUT FACTORIES: Alliance Brief Calls For “Legislative Triage” To Address Nation’s Lowest-Performing High Schools ArticleOctober 13, 2009
According to data from the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University that is cited in the brief, these low-performing high schools are pervasive and exist in every state and over 80 percent of congressional districts.
ALLIANCE FOR EXCELLENT EDUCATION UNVEILS NEW MODEL LINKING HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES TO ECONOMIC RECOVERY ArticleSeptember 28, 2009
If twelve of the nation's largest cities were to reduce the number of dropouts for a single high school class by just 50 percent, they would see a total of more than $1.5 billion per year in additional wages and 61,800 new homeowners.
GRADUATION PROMISE ACT: New Legislation Would Provide $2.5 Billion for Low-Performing High Schools ArticleSeptember 28, 2009
Low-performing high schools would be eligible for $2.5 billion in federal funds under new legislation introduced on September 23 by U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM).
THE HIGH COST OF HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUTS: New Alliance Brief Says Dropouts from the Class of 2009 Represent $335 Billion in Lost Income ArticleSeptember 14, 2009
If the high school students who dropped out of the Class of 2009 had graduated, the nation's economy would have benefited from nearly $335 billion in additional income over the course of their lifetimes.
The dropout rate for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) fell from 31.7 percent in School Year (SY) 2006–07 to 26.4 percent in SY 2007–08 and represented one of the largest improvements in the state, according to a recent article in the Los Angeles Times.
On July 24, President Obama joined U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to announce the criteria states must meet to win a competitive grant under the $4.35 billion Race to the Top Fund.