Alicia Ortega via Crowdrise
February 22, 2011
BENEFITING: COMMUNITY UNION INC
A September 29, 2009 UC Santa Barbara study showed that high school drop-outs cost California over $1 billion a year. Not only are drop-outs twice as likely to commit crimes as high school graduates, but they also cost the state money in juvenile crimes and in economic losses, according to the UC Santa Barbara study. On May 28, 2010, CBS News correspondent Bill Whitaker reported dropouts [nationally] cost taxpayers more than $8 billion annually in public assistance programs like food stamps. Mr. Whitaker reports high school dropouts earn about $10 thousand less a year than workers with diplomas, that's $300 billion in lost earnings every year, and that drop-outs are more likely to be incarcerated, almost 60 percent of federal inmates are high school drop outs. In California, 75% of the 173,000 inmates are high school drop-outs.
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