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‘100 Best’ places fighting dropout crisis In the News

September 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 Release

July 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 Release

May 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 Release

January 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 News

November 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.

ANOTHER VIEW: The dropout disgrace In the News

September 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.

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