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Stats that stick: October 3, 2012

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October 03, 2012 08:04 pm

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Are you planning on watching the presidential debate tonight? There are sure to be more than a few numbers thrown out in that. We can only hope that the candidates are asked questions about their education platforms. Until then, here are some stats to keep you satisfied!

A twist in the ever growing plot of students being unable to afford higher education: more graduates than ever before with federal education loans defaulted within the first three years of payments. The percentage rose to an average of 13.4 percent last year overall and a huge 22.7 percent for those who attended for-profit colleges, the New York Times reports. “The number of borrowers in default has risen to about 5.9 million, and together they owe a total of $76 billion on loans.”  The Department of Education released the data earlier this week.

In Pennsylvania, education cuts continue to soar, according to an electronic survey done by the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials in August. More than $900 million was cut from public school funding in 2011-2012 and failed to be restored in the 2012-2013 budget. Expanding the survey numbers to the state at-large, the survey finds that this second year of cuts will results in 4,200 jobs eliminated, along with the 14,590 positions lost in 2011-2012. For anyone counting, that’s 18,790 jobs lost total. Read more at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette .

I like to end these stats on a brighter note, and today that takes us to Nevada, where the dropout rate is high but the government cares. Last Saturday, 260 at-risk Washoe County students received a visit from teachers, members of the community and/or the governor himself to encourage them to stay in school. “There’s a lot of kids out there that just need a little bit of help, a little bit of attention, and that’s why we’re here today is to let them know we’re behind them,” Governor Brian Sandoval said. News 4 in Reno has the full story.

We’ll give you even more numbers on Friday in our report roundup! See you tomorrow for our Afternoon Announcements, a roundup of daily education-related news.

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