Dropping out kills

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThat’s theoretical, of course, but it’s all the more reason to embrace school reform. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A newly study released quantifies the problem of school dropouts in terms of stark social costs, particularly with respect to public safety. The study, “School or the Streets: Crime and California’s Dropout Crisis,” concludes that there is a direct correlation between the dropout rate and violent crimes such as homicide and aggravated assault. Among the study’s conclusions are that high-school dropouts are 31/2 times more likely than graduates to be arrested. Dropouts are also more than eight times as likely to be in jail or prison. The study pegs the dropout rate in the Los Angeles Unified School District at about 55 percent. According to the study’s authors, if the graduation rate rose by 10 percentage points, 214 murders and 7,200 aggravated assaults could be prevented in Los Angeles County each year. last_img

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