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CHART: Low-Income Students Are Five Times More Likely To Drop Out Than Affluent Students

By Pat Garofalo  

"CHART: Low-Income Students Are Five Times More Likely To Drop Out Than Affluent Students"

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A new report on dropout rates from the National Center for Education Statistics shows that “while there has been an overall decline in dropouts since 1972, there are still 3 million students between the ages of 16 and 24 without a high school diploma, a disproportionate number of whom are minority and poor.” In fact, low-income students are five times more likely to drop out of school than students from affluent families.

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