Washington, DC – On November 19, U.S. Representative George Miller (D-CA), the Chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, introduced the Graduation For All Act, which would target $2 billion in federal funds to improve the nation’s lowest-performing middle and high schools. In response, Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, issued the following statement:
“Transforming the nation’s economy means transforming the nation’s high schools.
“By tackling the approximately 12 percent of high schools that account for over half of the nation’s dropouts, the Graduation For All Act can provide a significant boost to the nation’s graduation rate while helping millions of students earn the high school diploma that is so critical to their future success.
“It’s a simple formula—diplomas generate dollars. Earlier this week, the Alliance for Excellent Education announced that cutting the dropout rate in half in the nation’s fifty-largest cities would result in an additional $4.1 billion in wages annually for class of dropouts. These cities contain over 900 “dropout factories”—high schools where fewer than 60 percent of freshman progress to their senior year on time.
“Under Chairman Miller’s legislation, these dropout factories, as well as the middle schools that feed into them, would receive the funding and research-based turnaround strategies that are needed to ensure that every student graduates from high school, prepared for college and career.”
Joining Representative Miller as cosponsors of the bill are Representatives Danny Davis (D-IL), Chaka Fattah (D-PA), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX), Dale Kildee (D-MI), David Loebsack (D-IA), and Bobby Scott (D-VA).
The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC-based policy, research, and advocacy organization that works to make every child a graduate, prepared for postsecondary education and success in life. For more information about the Alliance for Excellent Education, please visit www.all4ed.com.