Colorado's high school dropout rate has continued to fall, reports KUNC. About 2.4 percent, or 10,546 students, left school without graduating in 2014. But even when a few thousand students don't graduate, the costs are substantial:
If Colorado had a 90 percent graduation rate (roughly 8,600 more students) that would translate into $101 million in increased annual earnings, along with more federal tax revenue and more jobs.
"The case [the group] is making is that the best economic stimulus package is a high school diploma," [Judith Martinez, Director of Dropout Prevention and Student Engagement with the Colorado Department of Education] said.