Senate bill: No dropouts until age 18According to the Alliance for Excellent Education, a policy and advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., more than 1 million students nationally drop out of school every year. The problem: A high school diploma is the ticket to the higher education that good jobs demand, but not enough high school students are earning one. Sixty percent of today’s jobs require some form of education after high school, but most people in the 25-34 age group do not have an associate’s degree or higher, the Alliance says. In Iowa, the figure is 46 percent with an associate’s degree or higher in that age range. The national average is 39 percent.