June 15, 2010
Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson says the state's high school dropout rate is too high, and he believes it's hurting the economy.
Parkinson signed an executive order Tuesday creating a panel called the Kansas Commission on Graduation and Dropout Prevention and Recovery.
The governor's office says the commission will study the dropout problem and make recommendations with a goal and timeline for reducing the annual dropout rate. The commission will also develop systems for spotting students at risk of dropping out.
Parkinson says nearly 39,000 Kansas students have dropped out of school over the past decade. He puts the economic effects at $10 billion in lost earnings, taxes and productivity.
The governor says dropouts also cost the state heavily in Medicaid and uninsured health care expenses.