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ERIC Number: ED508494
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 32
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
The High Cost of Failing to Reform Public Education in Texas. School Choice Issues in the State
Gottlob, Brian J.
Milton & Rose D. Friedman Foundation
Research has documented a crisis in Texas high school graduation rates. Only 67 percent of Texas students graduate from high school, and some large urban districts have graduation rates of 50 percent or lower. This study documents the public costs of high school dropouts in Texas and examines how school choice could provide large public benefits by increasing graduation rates in Texas public schools. It calculates the annual cost of high school dropouts in Texas caused by reduced tax revenue, increased Medicaid costs and increased incarceration costs. It then examines how competition from private schools already raises public school graduation rates and calculates the dollar value of the public benefits that would follow from increasing Texas's public school graduation rates by enacting even a modest school choice program. (Contains 8 figures, 10 tables and 28 endnotes.) [This study was released jointly by the Milton and Rose D. Friedman Foundation, the National Center for Policy Analysis and the Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options.]
Milton & Rose D. Friedman Foundation. 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 - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Milton & Rose D. Friedman Foundation
Identifiers - Location: Texas