The estimated 24,000 students who drop out of Ohio schools every year lose out on tens of thousands of dollars in annual income.
The latest data from the Pew Institute shows the income gap between those with only a high school diploma and those with a bachelor’s degree is $17,500. The Census Bureau shows that gap doubles when comparing those without a diploma.
High school dropouts also tend to have a higher unemployment rate and higher health care needs, according to the Alliance for Excellent Education.
This week Governor John Kasich said he wants to alleviate Ohio’s dropout problem, get students engaged in learning, and reduce their impact on the state’s economy.
We decided to pull together the research of the costs and created this infographic.