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ERIC Number: ED517464
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 32
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Tennessee's High School Dropouts: Examining the Fiscal Consequences
D'Andrea, Christian
Foundation for Educational Choice
High school dropouts adversely impact the state of Tennessee each year--financially and socially. Dropouts' lower incomes, high unemployment rates, increased need for medical care, and higher propensity for incarceration create a virtual vortex that consumes Tennesseans' tax dollars at a vicious rate. Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent on these high school dropouts every year. This study examines those costs across three major state funding mechanisms: state tax collections, Medicaid funds, and the costs of incarceration. All three aspects compose substantial parts of Tennessee's operating budget. In 2009, for example, TennCare--the state's Medicaid program--accounted for $1.6 billion of Tennessee's $4.28 billion in economic stimulus funding. (Contains 17 tables, 5 figures and 36 notes.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Foundation for Educational Choice
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee