"A Gift to Society - A New Graduate"
A recent study, by Henry Levin of the
In "The Costs and Benefits of an Excellent Education for All of America's Children," Henry Levin, Clive Belfield, Peter Muennig, and Cecilia Rouse find that an overall investment of $82,000 in educational programs and additional schooling years per potential dropout creates $209,100 in tax revenues and decreased public spending over the lifetime of that student, yielding a net gain of $127,100 (all estimates are in current dollars). "In all fairness we want these students to complete high school so they have more opportunities, but the surprise is that there is a gift to society--a new graduate," said Dr. Levin.
The dropout problem in the
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