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A Quality High School Education for All: Addressing the Dropout Challenge in Our Community Choicework guide

This 2010 Public Agenda Choicework guide explores the question: What can we do, in our schools and community, to keep young people in school and on track for graduation? In today’s world, a high school diploma is not just a good idea, it’s essential. It’s essential for individuals and their futures. In fact, over their lifetimes, high school dropouts earn roughly $200,000 less than high school graduates and about $1.4 million less than college graduates. It’s essential for our community as well. We need an educated workforce if we want to attract new employers and produce local entrepreneurs who can create homegrown businesses. And we need an educated citizenry if we want our local democracy to function as it should. Finally, it’s essential for our country. America is no longer the leader it once was in educating its citizens, and we’ll have a hard time keeping up economically if we don’t do a better job.

Based on decades of research and experience concerning how average citizens think and talk about issues, Public Agenda’s Choicework Discussion Starters are designed to help groups and communities talk productively about public problems. Public Agenda’s Choicework guides and Discussion Starters outline several different approaches to solving specific public policy problems, along with the pros, cons and trade-offs of each choice. They use everyday language, not professional jargon, and focus on the kinds of concerns and values that non-experts can readily understand.

Resource Link: http://www.publicagenda.org/files/pdf/Choicework_Quality_High_School_Education.pdf

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