WV Dropout Costs

By: Jillian Risberg Email
By: Jillian Risberg Email

A recent study ties the male dropout rate with an increase in the crime rate.

Washington, D.C.-based Alliance for Excellent Education says a five percent increase in the high school graduation rate among males in West Virginia could save $100 million a year in crime-related costs and boost the state's economy.

“I think it's exactly right on the mark as far as the truthfulness of it,” says Dr. Patrick Law, superintendent of Wood County Schools. “I think there is a direct relationship between the number of students who drop out of school and the number of individuals who end up in crime and living a life that's very unproductive.”

Experts say the cost of keeping a person in jail is much higher than possibly educating them.

Law says usually people with some hope and opportunity will try to do the right thing and stay out of trouble.

He adds so the district definitely wants to encourage students to stay in school.


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