The Huffington Post, June 20, 2012
Brian Gallagher, President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way Worldwide
This month, graduation caps and tassels will fly as high school graduates get ready to start the next exciting chapter of their lives. While a momentous milestone and a proud occasion for many families, each graduation also serves as a reminder that some students will not receive a diploma this year.
America's public high schools are producing fewer graduates -- a quarter of the 3.8 million students who entered high school in 2011 will not graduate. A report by the Alliance for Excellent Education found that if the students who dropped out of the Class of 2008 had graduated, the nation's economy would have benefited from an additional $319 billion in income over their lifetimes.
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