The real skinny on dropping out of high school

The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. Dropping out of high school in North Carolina is becoming costly to taxpayers. This, from a Raleigh-based think tank that supports pure choice in education.

According to a report released yesterday by the Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, high school dropouts cost the state nearly $170 million annually, which includes decreased tax revenues, increased unemployment and higher rates of incarceration.

The report was published by the Milton and Rose D. Friedman Foundation, which also advocates nationally for parental choice in education.

The dropout rate in North Carolina is at epidemic proportions,” said Robert Enlow, executive director for the Friedman Foundation.
See this excerpt from today’s Carolina Journal:

According to Darrell Allison, president of PEFNC, it was important to quantify the dropout rates for the state because until recently the state Department of Public Instruction had failed to do so accurately. At a press conference yesterday at the General Assembly building, Allison said PEFNC commissioned the study to show the “cost for taxpayers is real” due to high dropout rates, and that a solution to the problem is to increase options for parents to educate their children.

In addition to the public costs, the report noted that on average North Carolina dropouts earn $10,400 less per year and have lower rates of employment. The study also found that the state has more dropouts than residents with either two-year or advanced college degrees.

“We know the private costs,” Enlow said, “and now we know the public costs.”

More coverage here from News 14 Carolina.

E.C. 🙂


One Response

  1. When are we going to be told the real dropout rate in GCS? 3%, no way! The little secret that isn’t told is that students may leave school in May and just not return in August, and they aren’t included in the dropout rate. The students dropped-out, but just got lost in the system. When only 70% of students graduate, the true drop-put rate is more like 8%.

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