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When policymakers discuss education funding and reform, typically they are referring to issues within minority, inner city communities. A new study revealed that urban students aren’t the only individuals falling behind and dropping out of school—so are rural students.

According to the report, “Current Challenges and Opportunities in Preparing Rural High School Students for Success in College and Careers: What Federal Policymakers Need to Know,” one out of every four rural students fails to graduate from high school, a problem that owes largely to a lack of attention to the needs of rural schools. From changing Title I formulas to providing cutting-edge technology, it’s time to provide more support to those who need it most, the report says. In addition, the report showed that minority, low-income students, English language learners, migrant students, and children with special needs are at even greater risk for dropping out of rural high schools.

“Much of the recent debate over high school reform at the federal level has not involved rural schools,” Bob Wise, AEE president and former governor of West Virginia, told eSchool News. “Every student in America deserves the chance to graduate from high school ready to succeed in college, careers, and life.” Read the entire article.

(Source: eSchool News)

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The high school dropout rate among young adults today is steadily increasing and there is a high rate of imprisonment among these dropouts, according to a new study released by researchers at Northeastern University. The researchers mention that the high dropout rate among high school students is becoming a strain on the economy.

The study finds that the average high school dropout will have a negative net fiscal contribution to society of nearly $5,200 over the course of their working lives, while the average high school graduate produces a positive lifetime net fiscal contribution of $287,000. The report indicates that taxpayers will suffer over $292,000 in lower tax revenues, higher cash and in-kind transfer costs, and imposed incarceration costs.

How do you feel about this study’s findings? NSSEA wants to know your thoughts! Take a look at the report and tell us what you think.

For more information about the report, visit: http://www.clms.neu.edu/publication/documents/The_Consequences_of_Dropping_Out_of_High_School.pdf

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