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ERIC Number: ED508500
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Pages: 28
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
The High Cost of Failing to Reform Public Education in Indiana. School Choice Issues in the State
Gottlob, Brian J.
Milton & Rose D. Friedman Foundation
This study documents the public costs of high school dropouts in Indiana, and examines how school choice would provide large public benefits by increasing the graduation rate in Indiana public schools. It calculates the annual cost of high school dropouts in Indiana due to lower state income tax payments, increased reliance on Medicaid, and increased incarceration costs. It then examines how competition from higher private school enrollments currently raises public school graduation rates across Indiana's school districts, and calculates the dollar value of the public benefits that would follow from reducing Indiana's public school dropout rate by enacting even a modest school choice program. Key findings include: (1) Indiana spends about as much on dropouts each year after they leave school as it spent when they were in school; and (2) School choice improves public school graduation rates, producing millions in public savings. (Contains 6 figures, 7 tables, and 24 endnotes.)
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: Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Milton & Rose D. Friedman Foundation
Identifiers - Location: Indiana