A Year's Worth of Arizona High School Dropouts Costs the State $7.6 Billion

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Jordan Jones


Here's a side-effect of Arizona's perennially high rate of high-school dropouts -- economic costs of $7.6 billion.

That's the estimate provided this week by a study from the Arizona Mayors Education Roundtable. Did we mention that's just one year's worth of dropouts?

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-Arizona No Longer the Nation's Leader in High School Dropouts

The model used to estimate this cost has been used nationwide, but this is the first time it's been applied to Arizona.

The average high school dropout in Arizona will make $271,040 less than a high school graduate, another $8,020 in tax losses for governments, as cost the rest of society $48,000 on health care, $98,520 for crime, and $1,420 for welfare.

That's $443,260 in fiscal losses in Arizona for one high school dropout. Well, actually, the state saves $21,980 because that person's not going to college, so dropouts only create a burden of $421,280.

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Multiply that by the 20 percent of Arizona kids who don't graduate high school (18,100 in 2012), and you have $7.6 billion in lifetime economic losses from one graduating class. Or non-graduating class.

The report also broke it down by city, showing the lifetime economic losses from non-graduates in the class of 2012 will cost Phoenix $1.4 billion.

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jurywork
jurywork

Build three more sides to the dang fence so all those dummies can't get out.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

See what all of you illiterate, ignorant loony liberals are costing the state?  

shedrick4
shedrick4

The answer to this issue is simple: Give them ALL a high school diploma. This would grab the golden fleece for the education industry and would salve some of the wounds of the poverty industry as well as address some of the concerns of the race industry that minorities are unfairly impacted by education standards. AND it would save us $7.6 Billion per year. It would, of course, cheapen the value of a high school diploma, but not by much. Employers already demand education beyond high school because they don't trust the system to produce literate graduates. Just offering food for thought...

shedrick4
shedrick4

The answer to this issue is simple: Give them ALL a high school diploma. This would grab the golden fleece for the education industry and would salve some of the wounds of the poverty industry as well as address some of the concerns of the race industry that minorities are unfairly impacted by education standards. AND it would save us $7.6 Billion per year. It would, of course, cheapen the value of a high school diploma, but not by much. Employers already demand education beyond high school because they don't trust the system to produce literate graduates. Just offering food for thought...

shadeaux
shadeaux

Arizona has the best education system Republicans are capable of creating.

Mark Wise
Mark Wise

This is the only state I've lived in that allows kids to drop out at 16. And you wonder why some can't count out $.69 in change.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

Ahhh...so this explains why Arizona politicians cost so much.

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