A story in Monday’s Wall Street Journal provides statistical data on high school dropout rates, as well as mentions what Houston, in particular, is doing to increase graduation rates. America’s Promise Alliance, one of Corporate Voices’ strategic partners, was mentioned in the story.
The author states that while the economic crisis is in the spotlight for now, a looming crisis that indirectly threats the country’s wealth and prosperity is the high dropout rate.
According to the results released by America’s Promise:
Only half of the high school students in the nation’s 50 largest cities are graduating in four years, […] Cutting the number of dropouts in half would generate $45 billion annually in new tax revenue.
Mayors in Houston and other Texas cities are going door to door to the homes of dropouts encouraging them to return to school.
Refer to the previous post, to read Donna Klein’s remarks on current workforce readiness issues and how educators, community leaders, elected officials and business managers can work together to help students prepare themselves for the workforce.
By Allison Tomei