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Recent dropouts will earn $200,000 less than high school graduates, and more than $800,000 less than college graduates in their lives.
The dropout problem is likely to increase substantially through 2020 unless significant improvements are made.
Dropouts make up nearly half of the heads of households on welfare.
More than a quarter of high school freshmen fail to graduate from high school on time. In some large urban districts, the percentage is closer to one-half of students, with the problem most acute for African American and Hispanic youth.
About One quarter of all U.S. student-one million students a year or, 3,000 a day - fail to graduate on time.
In the U.S., high school dropouts commit about 75 percent of crimes.
In the last 20 years, the earnings level of dropouts doubled; it nearly tripled for college dropouts
Two-thirds of American fourth graders cannot read at grade level. Reading is linked to high school success.