Reducing the high school dropout rate in Colorado has long been a goal of the Bell Policy Center, and we're gratified to see the attention this issue has recently been getting both in our state and nationally.
Four new reports shed light on the dropout problem, and they point the way toward potential approaches to addressing it. And a fifth report quantifies the economic benefits of cutting the dropout rate in half, both for the new graduates and for society.
Baker, RobinJones, RichMcGregor, HeatherNicholson, IsabelWaterous, Frank
New report examines Colorado's fiscal prospects after Referendum C; Two recent studies examine fiscal, economic effects of immigration; Message from summit: It's everyone's business to cut state's dropout rate; Individual health mandates could work; Experts find holes in Federal Reserve report on payday lending; Guaranteed retirement accounts offer rescue plan for failing system; Two Bell staffers move on to new opportunities
Jones, RichMcGregor, HeatherNicholson, IsabelWaterous, Frank
Education policy leaders set positive course for fifth-year high school programs; Gov. Ritter to host two-day dropout prevention summit; College tuition and fees nationwide rise 6.6 percent this year; ???Healthy Colorado??? web site highlights the ???cost of doing nothing???; Women???s economic mobility about equal to men???s; Payday lenders have left North Carolina, and borrowers don???t miss them; Predatory Lending Association launches spoof web site
HB 06-1351 represents an opportunity gain for Colorado. HB 1351 extends the Teen Pregnancy and Dropout Prevention program. This is a comprehensive, community-based program serving Medicaid-eligible teen boys and girls who are at risk of early parenting.