January 28, 2010 § Leave a comment
A new study underscores the need for a national re-enrollment strategy.
“One of the best anti-poverty programs is a world-class education,” said President Obama in yesterday night’s state of the union. And although Obama says he does not accept second place for the US of A, our nation’s education system falls well under that. Among industrialized nation, we hold title to having one of the highest high school dropout rates, with an estimated 7,000 students dropping out each day. But even worse, the social and economic costs and consequences of dropping out has escalated in this economic recession, according to a national study released this week.
Among those hit hardest by the recession are young high school dropouts. According to the study, this group has a record high rate of unemployment and incarceration; and black youths and young people from low-income families are at the greatest disadvantage. How this group fares has repercussions on the nation’s overall social and economic well-being. The report underscores the need for Congress and the President to get behind a national re-enrollment strategy, and expand employment opportunities for jobless youth.
Some findings from the report: