Editorial: Closing the gap In the NewsFebruary 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.
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 NewsFebruary 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.
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.
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.
Expanded learning opportunities for high school students through methods such as work-based experiences, innovative technology, and personalized lesson plans have the potential to help address projected skill and knowledge shortages in the nation’s workforce, according to a new policy brief from the Alliance for Excellent Education.
High School Graduates Earn $8,000 More Annually Compared to High School Dropouts, According to New Data Press ReleaseJuly 18, 2011
Released in conjunction with today's White House Roundtable on Education with Business Leaders, new data reveals that high school graduates earn a national average of $8,000 more annually compared to high school dropouts.
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 ReleaseMay 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 ReleaseFebruary 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.