Can Oklahoma afford to fail 10,529 high-school students every year?

April 10, 2014

Greg Forster, Ph.D.

“According to calculations from the U.S. Department of Education, about 10,529 Oklahoma students who ought to have graduated from high school in 2010 dropped out instead,” Dr. Greg Forster writes in the March issue of Perspective. “A state that spends so much has a right to expect a lot better than that from its schools. … Schools, like students, need to learn to see a tough task through until it’s complete. And if they tell us they’re having too much trouble learning, reforms like school choice could help them get up to speed.”