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Every nine seconds a student becomes a drop-out .
Of those who graduate from high school, the completion rate is 72% for females and 64% for males .
Among ethnic groups: African-Americans have a 50% graduation rate; Latinos - 53%; Asian/Pacific Islanders - 77%; and Whites - 75% .
Students from low-income families drop-out at six times the rate of higher-income families .
75% of inmates in state prisons are drop-outs. 59% of inmates in Federal prisons are drop-outs .
55% of drop-outs are employed .
The U.S. death rate for people with less than 12 years of education is 2.5 times higher than those with 13 or more years of education .
The cost to the public for crime and welfare involving drop-outs is $24 BILLION annually .
There are 3.5 million drop-outs between the ages of 16 - 25 .
Total combined loss of income and taxes in one year due to drop-outs equals $192 BILLION (1.6% of the Gross Domestic Product) .
Arguments about our pluralistic attempt to educate all children notwithstanding - graduations rates around the world include the following: Denmark - 96%; Japan - 93%; Poland - 92%; Italy 79%; and the U.S. - 70% .