The High Cost of Dropping Out: How Many, How Come? How Much?

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Frances Deviney /(512) 320-0222 x 106

May 16, 2006

2004 Graduation and Dropout Data by County >>  
The High Cost of Dropping Out: How Many? How Come? How Much? >>  

This report, released today, examines Texas' dropout issue. Among the report's findings: If every 9th grader in Fall 2000 graduated from the Texas public school system in Spring 2004, it would have cost Texas an additional $1.7 billion over four years, just for the Class of 2004. At the same time, if every 16-19 year old who is not in school and does not have a high school diploma simply graduated, the state's combined earnings would increase by about $3 billion over four years. In order to help you assess these economic consequences on your community, we have compiled a supplemental county-by-county data spreadsheet.