Jun. 17, 9:00 AM
The Education Interim Committee of the State Legislature holds a public meeting.
Feb. 23 - Mar. 22
Comcast Newsmakers interviews Robyn Bagley about www.Utah-EducationFacts.com
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The 2009 Legislative Session concluded on Thursday, March 12th at midnight
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the landmark report, A Nation at Risk.
In the 2007-08 school year, Utah spent $8,224 per public school student.
Charter schools are independent public schools run by parents or non-profits.
The average class size in Utah is 22.2
High school students can graduate with an associate's degree and a scholarship worth 75% of college tuition.
The costs of dropping out of high school to both the dropout and society as a whole are astounding.
Over a lifetime, high school dropouts earn $260,000 less than individuals with a diploma and pay $60,000 less in federal and state income taxes1. For the estimated 7,985 dropouts among Utah’s class of 2008, that’s $2,076,173,760 they would have earned had they graduated2. The combined income and tax losses nationwide aggregated over one cohort of 18-year-olds who do not complete high school is about $192 billion, or 1.6 percent of the gross domestic product3.
According to another study, high school dropouts, on average, earn $9,200 less per year than high school graduates, and about $1 million less over a lifetime than college graduates4. Students who drop out of high school are often unable to support themselves; high school dropouts were over three times more likely than college graduates to be unemployed in 20045. They are twice as likely as high school graduates to slip into poverty from one year to the next6. And there even seems to be a correlation with education and good health: at every age range, the more education, the healthier the individual. Among Americans over 45, college graduates are twice as likely as dropouts to report being in excellent or very good health7.
The prevalence of high dropout rates not only imperils individual futures but also profoundly impacts our communities and nation due to the loss of productive workers, the earnings and revenues they would have generated, and the higher costs associated with increased incarceration, health care and social services. Four out of every 10 young adults (ages 16 – 24) lacking a high school diploma received some type of government assistance in 2001, and a dropout is more than eight times as likely to be in jail or prison as a person with at least a high school diploma8. Studies show that the lifetime cost to the nation for each youth who drops out of school and later moves into a life of crime and drugs ranges from $1.7 to $2.3 million9.