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Alliance President Bob Wise on CNN’s Your Bottom Line

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June 27, 2011 03:50 pm

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On Saturday morning, Alliance President Bob Wise appeared on CNN’s “Your Bottom Line” with State Farm CEO Ed Rust and Dominique Demetice Ferrar, a high school student from St. Paul, Minnesota who twice considered dropping out of high school before reconsidering. Ferrar is one of the spokespeople for State Farm’s 26 Seconds Campaign, which highlights the fact that a student drops out of high school every 26 seconds.

During the program, Rust discussed why improved educational outcomes are so important to the future of American business, as well as the nation as a whole. Ferrar, who is already a father at age 19, talked about how he wants to stay in school to be a role model for his daughter. Wise discussed the economic impact that dropouts have on the nation’s economy and outlined several necessary steps to help curb the dropout crisis, including focusing on students most at risk and schools that are producing the most dropouts. Wise pointed out that only about 10 percent of the nation’s high schools account for half of the nation’s dropouts.

Watch the complete video below.

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