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Preventing High School Dropouts More Than Pays for Itself

President Obama's proposal to make high school attendance mandatory until age 18 is a step in the right direction, TC's Henry M. Levin and Cecilia E. Rouse at Princeton write in the New York Times, but it wouldn't be enough to meaningfully reduce the dropout rate. Research shows that some of the most promising approaches need to start much earlier -- at preschool age, and they will return two to four times their cost.
President Obama’s proposal to make high school attendance mandatory until age 18 is a step in the right direction, TC’s Henry M. Levin and Cecilia E. Rouse at Princeton write in the New York Times, but it wouldn’t be enough to meaningfully reduce the dropout rate. Research shows that some of the most promising approaches need to start much earlier – at preschool age, and they will return two to four times their cost.

Link to The Times: The True Cost of High School Dropouts

Published Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012

Preventing High School Dropouts More Than Pays for Itself

President Obama’s proposal to make high school attendance mandatory until age 18 is a step in the right direction, TC’s Henry M. Levin and Cecilia E. Rouse at Princeton write in the New York Times, but it wouldn’t be enough to meaningfully reduce the dropout rate. Research shows that some of the most promising approaches need to start much earlier – at preschool age, and they will return two to four times their cost.

Link to The Times: The True Cost of High School Dropouts

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