Policy Group Aims to Reduce Dropout Rates

A 5 percent increase in the high school graduation rate among males in West Virginia could save $100 million each year in crime-related costs as well as boost the state's economy, according to a national policy group. The study by the Washington, D.C.-based Alliance for Excellent Education ties the dropout rate among males with an increase in the crime rate, saying, dropouts are far more likely than high school graduates to be arrested or incarcerated. The study found that it costs over $12,000 to educate a student and $28,000 to incarcerate an inmate, and said dollars should be focused on education and keeping students engaged.