School Choice: The Best Solution to Reducing PovertyThe potential benefits to all Americans are significant. According to the Alliance for Excellent Education, our nation’s economy could gain $1.2 billion if we increased the graduation rate among black male students by just 5 percentage points, as those young men would work join the workforce. Now consider this: studies of the voucher program in our nation’s capital found that school choice increased graduation rates by 21 points. The Alliance for Excellent Education notes also that states spend an average of $12,643 annually per year to educate a student in a public school compared to $28,323 to house an inmate. Given that 67 percent of inmates in state prisons did not complete high school, we are paying on the back end of education instead of the front end.