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Editorial: Closing the gap In the News

February 24, 2012

February, African American History Month, is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the people of extraordinary grace and bravery who pushed the nation toward racial equality...And according to the Alliance for Excellent Education, a student between 16 and 24 "who comes from the lowest quartile of family income is about seven times more likely to have dropped out of high school than his/her counterpart who comes from the highest quartile.

High School grad rates: How does Gordon County fare? In the News

February 10, 2012

April showers bring May flowers and high school graduation ceremonies...According to the Alliance for Excellent Education, every school day, 7,000 students become dropouts (nearly 1.2 million a year), and in turn, these students become more likely to spend their lives in the criminal system, periodically unemployed, and on government assistance.

Cheers for great news on dropout numbers In the News

February 07, 2012

Since 2006 the number of children leaving public school in Buncombe County each year without the skills they need to succeed in life has fallen by 177...“The average annual income for a high school dropout in 2005 was $17,299, compared to $26,933 for a high school graduate,” according to the Alliance for Excellent Education.

Future Connect Provides College and Career Resources In the News

January 30, 2012

As the Class of 2012 prepares to graduate in June, there are many students who either won't finish high school or don't have the resources to be successful in post secondary education...According to a study by the Alliance for Excellent Education, there were 6,900 dropouts in the Class of 2010 in the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton area.

Nation’s Economy Would See Huge Boost by Increasing Postsecondary Completion Rates Press Release

December 14, 2011

Cutting the nation's high school dropout rate in half would have tremendous benefits for the economy. But as a new economic analysis released today by the Alliance for Excellent Education shows, cutting the dropout rate in half and ensuring that those "new graduates" meet national goals for postsecondary attainment creates new jobs, increases earnings for individuals, and boosts states' tax revenues.

On Anniversary of Brown Versus Board of Education, Providing True Educational Equality for All Students Is an Economic Necessity for the Nation, New Study Finds Press Release

May 16, 2011

Nearly sixty years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Brown versus Board of Education that the doctrine of “separate but equal” has no place in the field of public education, the promise of an equal education remains unmet for too many of the nation’s students of color and Native students, according to a new brief from the Alliance for Excellent Education. Meeting the promise of Brown by graduating more of these students from high school would lead to dramatic economic growth nationwide, the brief finds.

Gov. Bob Wise’s Statement on the Graduation Promise Act Press Release

February 18, 2011

Yesterday, U.S. Representative Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX) introduced the Graduation Promise Act, new legislation that would target federal resources to the nation’s lowest-performing high schools to reduce the dropout rate and increase student achievement. Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, responds.

Every Child a Graduate. Every Child Prepared for Life.