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Each cohort of dropouts costs the U.S. $192 billion in lost income and taxes. (Amos, Campus Environments and Conditions 2008)

The State of California spends an average of $52,000/year on one prison inmate and approximately $7,000/year on one K-12 student. (California Department of Corrections)

Total taxpayer investment in K-12 education in the United States for the 2004-05 school year is estimated to be $536 billion.

The average amount of repair or modernization needed per school is $2.2 million, or $3,800 per student.

Some 1.1 million American students drop out of school every year. (EPE, 2012)

A one-year increase in average years of schooling for dropouts would reduce murder and assault rates by almost 30%, motor vehicle theft by 20%, arson by 13%, and burglary and larceny by about 6%. (DoSomeThing.org)

Only 1 in 4 high school students graduate ready for college in all four core subjects (English, reading, math and science), which is why 1/3 of students entering college have to take remedial courses. (ACT, 2011)

2 out of 3 eighth-graders can’t read proficiently and most will never catch up. (NAEP, 2011)

Taxpayers will spend an estimated $373 billion for higher education in the same school year.
US Department of Education (ED): 10 Facts About K-12 Education Funding:

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Public 4 Year In-State College
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Public 4 Year Out-of-State College
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Private Nonprofit 4 Year College
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