With all the ongoing name-calling and finger-pointing surrounding the failure of the Scottsdale Unified School district budget override last year, I’ll point you to an interesting article on AZCentral today.
The Republic’s Eugene Scott reports statistics from a recent report presented to the Arizona Mayors Educational Roundtable (coordinated by WestEd Policy Center in San Francisco), which cites metro Phoenix as having the 4th highest high school dropout rate in the US.
Quoting the report:
High-school dropouts cost Arizona $4.9 billion in lost income; $869 million in health costs; $1.7 billion in crime-related expenses; and $26 million in welfare over their lifetimes, according to the report.
Arizona loses $294 million over the lifetimes of high-school dropouts in the productivity declines of a less-educated workforce and $145 million in taxes collected to pay for government expenses over their lifetimes, the report said. The report added that high-school dropouts who end up going to college later save Arizona $398 million.
From the report it appears that Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane didn’t participate in this meeting. That’s not surprising given the stance of Lane’s anti-public education supporter, the Goldwater Institute (Lane’s chief of staff, JP Twist, is the son of Goldwater founder Steve Twist).