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ERIC Number: ED508316
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
The High Cost of Wisconsin's Dropout Rate. School Choice Issues in the State
House, Emily Anne
Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice
This study presents the public costs of high school dropouts in Wisconsin. It examines how dropouts in the state dramatically impact state finances through reduced tax revenues, increased Medicaid costs, and high incarceration rates. It also examines just how much high school dropouts cost Wisconsin's taxpayers each year, and how much could be saved through increasing the state's graduation rate. Though Wisconsin boasts one of the nation's highest graduation rates, there is still room for improvement. The achievement gap between races in the state is staggering, as 86 percent of white students earn high school diplomas while only 44 percent of African Americans and 48 percent of Hispanic students graduate. This cohort of dropouts costs Wisconsin hundreds of millions of dollars each year. (Contains 11 figures, 5 tables and 12 endnotes.) [This study was released jointly by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice and the John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy.]
Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice. Available from: Foundation for Educational Choice. One American Square Suite 2420, Indianapolis, IN 46282. Tel: 317-681-0745; Fax: 317-681-0945; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin