Every year one-point-three million American students, seven thousand a day, drop out of school. General Colin Powell of America's Promise Alliance said, "It is not just a crisis, it is a catastrophe."...The Alliance For Excellent Education says keeping kids in school can help America's bottom line.
‘100 Best’ places fighting dropout crisis In the NewsSeptember 21, 2010
Over the past 2½ years, we've been talking to the nation about America's dropout crisis -- how three out of every 10 young adults drop out of school, including nearly half of minority students...According to the Alliance for Excellent Education, if dropouts from the class of 2009 had graduated, the country would have benefited from an additional $335 billion in income over the course of their lifetimes.
Lowering High School Dropout Rate Among Students of Color Significantly Increases Nation’s Economic Growth Press ReleaseJuly 07, 2010
Lowering the high school dropout rate among students of color will greatly increase the nation’s economic vitality, according to a dramatic new study, The Economic Benefits of Reducing the Dropout Rate Among Students of Color in the Nation’s Forty-Five Largest Metropolitan Areas, that the Alliance for Excellent Education released today.
Cutting the High School Dropout Rate Means Economic Gains for West Virginia Metro Areas Press ReleaseMay 24, 2010
Five metropolitan areas in West Virginia could see significant gains in their local economies were they to cut by half the dropout rate for just a single high school class, according to new data from the Alliance for Excellent Education. The study, which includes Charleston, Huntington, Morgantown, Weirton, and Wheeling, is a supplement to a larger national study that measures on a city-by-city basis the growth in several areas, including home ownership and mortgage values, levels of spending and investment, and car sales based on cutting the high school dropout rate in half in the nation’s largest cities and their surrounding metropolitan areas.
New Blockbuster Study Reveals Lowering High School Dropout Rate Significantly Increases Job Creation, Home Ownership, Spending and Investment Income, Car Sales Press ReleaseJanuary 12, 2010
As a result of a new game-changing study it released today, the Alliance for Excellent Education (Alliance) said there was demonstrated evidence that lowering the high school dropout rate will have important positive implications for the economic vitality of the forty-five largest metropolitan areas in the United States. The study, “The Economic Benefits from Halving the Dropout Rate: A Boom to Businesses in the Nation’s Largest Metropolitan Areas” measures on a city-by-city basis the growth in jobs, home ownership, levels of spending and investment, and car sales that will result from cutting the high school dropout rate in half.
Best economic stimulus is a high school diploma In the NewsNovember 30, 2009
A just released study shows that the economy could grow "significantly" if educators could stem the number of high school dropouts by half in big cities. The Alliance for Excellent Education says that there were 600,000 dropouts in the class of 2008, and if half had graduated, their incomes would have added $4.1 billion annually to the economy.
The number of students who drop out are all too familiar to Deb Dillon. As the dropout prevention coordinator for Fargo Public Schools, she’s aware that 400-plus students drop out of area schools each year...What’s more, according to the Alliance for Excellent Education, about 14,000 Minnesota students drop out.
ANOTHER VIEW: The dropout disgrace In the NewsSeptember 06, 2009
We hear a lot about the rising unemployment rate and national debt. But one critical factor that powerfully affects both of these seems to get little attention. It's the high school dropout rate, a national disgrace that will continue to undermine any economic progress we manage to make until it's lowered, significantly. A brief on this issue was released last week by the Alliance for Excellent Education. "The High Cost of High School Dropouts: What the Nation Pays for Inadequate High Schools" is an eye-opener that demands the attention of Americans.
Bob Wise, President of the Alliance for Excellent Education, Testifies Before House Committee on Education and Labor Press ReleaseSeptember 10, 2007
Gov. Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, testified today before the House Committee on Education and Labor at a hearing on “Miller-McKeon Discussion Draft of the Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.”