Bob Wise, President of the Alliance for Excellent Education, Calls on Congressional Candidates in Mississippi to Address the Crisis in America’s High Schools
Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, issued the following statement in reaction to the results from Mississippi’s primary election:
“In the months between today and election day, Mississippi’s candidates for the United States Congress will have the opportunity to propose solutions to a dropout crisis that claims approximately 1.2 million students every year.
“The nation has failed to address the dropout crisis in America’s high schools for too long, and unless Congress, in partnership with states and communities, is willing to take effective action, the nation will lose billions more in higher social costs and lost earnings in the future. Last year, for example, approximately 15,000 students from the Class of 2007 did not graduate from Mississippi’s high schools as scheduled. Over the course of their lifetimes, those dropouts will cost the state nearly $4 billion in lost earnings.
“I look forward to working with the candidates to develop solutions that can help every student in Mississippi become a high school graduate, prepared for postsecondary education, the workforce, and success in life.”
To help policymakers and the public understand the extent of the economic costs to society of an educational system that fails so many of its students, the Alliance for Excellent Education has conducted national and state-level analyses of some of the economic and social benefits of increasing high school graduation rates. The results for Mississippi are available here.
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The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington-based policy, research, and advocacy organization that works to make every child a graduate, prepared for postsecondary education and success in life.
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