BOCES puts spotlight on urgent need to raise
Dropping out of high school comes with enormous price tag
Across the nation, nearly one-third of high school students will
not graduate Ė thatís 1.2 million students a year, or 7,000 each
Regionally, the numbers are better, with 76 percent of
high school seniors on average graduating each year in the HFM
those numbers arenít nearly good enough, not for the individuals
whose opportunities are limited by their lack of education, and
not for society as a whole.
price we pay collectively for dropouts is staggering.
pays to stay in school
• High school
dropouts are four times as likely to be unemployed as those who
complete four or more years of college.
• High school graduates earn, on average,
$143 more per week than high school dropouts.
• College graduates earn, on average, $336
more per week than high school graduates.
Dropouts face higher risks of prison
• Dropouts comprise a disproportionate
percentage of the nationís prison and death-row inmates.
• 82 percent of prisoners in America are
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