I cannot thank you enough for your support of our two-year replacement levy! Your support is a tribute to our community and the belief that investing in education ensures both our children's future and our communities! Nowadays, investing in our children's education is truly the best investment a person can make. Many of you have heard me say that studies show high school graduates earn twice as much over a lifetime compared to high school drop outs. This income or lack thereof dramatically impacts our local and our national economies and of course social services.
In fact, education is so important that if 13 million students drop out nationwide during the next decade, the loss to the national economy will be to the tune of $3 trillion. Cutting the dropout rate in half would yield $45 billion annually in new federal tax revenues or cost savings, according to a recent report by Columbia University's Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education at Teachers College.
Ultimately, supporting education truly is the key to our country, community and our children's success! It's all related. Thank you again for your support! We won't let you down!