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Impact on society of drop-out rate and a program that could improve graduation rates

posted on September 16, 2009 at 6:02 PM


Judy Jeffrey talks about the impact on society when children don't finish school.  She describes one avenue the state of Iowa is taking to increase the likelihood students will graduate. Jeffrey is the director of the Iowa Department of Education.

There are many things at stake when we don't educate all of our children and they don't leave our K12 system without a high school diploma.  The statistics are staggering about those who end up in prison, those who end up on social welfare. 

One of the avenues we're taking as a state right now is to create a voluntary pre-school for all four year olds because the research is very clear on that.  Also that if they, all children, have a quality beginning and enter school ready to learn we have a much greater chance that they will succeed, graduate from high school, not become pregnant, not end up in the prison system and not end up on a welfare roll.  

So, the statistics, the research is very strong in that arena.  That pre-school opportunity really does make a difference.

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