Fiscal Boost to Government by Educating High School Dropouts

The cost to governments of educating adult workers and disadvantaged youth is a high-return investment. By 2020, if 4 million dropouts earn a high school diploma, the net fiscal contributions to the federal government and state and local governments would exceed $25 billion annually.

Source: National Commission on Adult Literacy. Reach Higher, America: Overcoming Crisis in the U.S. Workforce, June 2008.

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