Congratulations to the 2013 Futures for Kids Community Partner Award winners, and thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate with us! We had a great time at the NC Executive Mansion and were...
- Every year, more than 1 million students in the US (7,000 every school day) do not graduate from high school on time. Nationwide, only 69 percent of students earn their high school diplomas.
- In North Carolina, that number was 77.9 percent for the 2010-2011 school year; among minority students 71.5 percent of black students graduated, 69.7 percent of American Indians and 68.8 percent of Hispanics.
- Of the students who enroll in postsecondary education, 42 percent of community college freshmen and 20 percent of freshmen in four-year institutions must take at least one remedial course.
- The completion rate for North Carolina university students is 59% in six-years.
- A high school dropout's lifetime earnings are estimated to be $260,000 less than that of a high school graduate.
- The Alliance for Excellent Education estimates that if the 1.3 million high school dropouts from the Class of 2010 had earned their diplomas instead of dropping out, the US economy would have seen an extra $337 billion in wages over these students' lifetimes.
- If half of North Carolina's 53,800 dropouts from the Class of 2010 had earned their diploma, the Alliance estimates $211 million in increased earnings, $168 million in increased spending, $412 million in increased home sales, 1,900 new jobs and $20 million in increased state tax revenue.
- Research indicates male prison inmates were about twice as likely to not have completed high school. The average annual cost to educate a student is $9,644; the average annual cost per inmate is $22,600.
- The impact of a five percent increase in male high school graduation rates is estimated to be a $151,947,826 annual crime-related savings.
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