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By the Numbers: Dropout Data

A dim economic future lies ahead for high school dropouts and their communities.

November 16, 2007

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7,000: The number of students nationwide who dropout of school every day. Schools known asdropout factories produce more than halfof our country's dropouts.

2,000 dropout factories produce almost three-fourths of African American students and two-thirds of Hispanic students who didn't finish school.

Studies show that dropouts dim not only their own economic future but also that of their communities.

The 1.2 million students who should have graduated with the class of '07 will cost the nation $329 billion in lost income over the course of their lifetimes.

About two-thirds of all prisoners are high school dropouts.

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