Today, it’s pretty much all hands on deck to make ends meet. However, employment alone does not guarantee an income above poverty. More than two-thirds of poor children lived in families where one or more parents worked.
What does it take to address the needs of working families? There are many challenges for families with children today, but for starters, check out M.I.T.'s Living Wage Calculator (you can search it by state, by county).
How can we ensure that the next generation is ready to succeed and lead?
It’s no secret that today’s economy is increasingly fueled by information and innovation, which require an educated workforce.
- Improving high school dropout rates can save as much as $11 billion annually in welfare, food stamps, and housing assistance.
- A high school degree is worth about $569,000 more over a lifetime than being a high school dropout.
Throughout the United States, the link between education and jobs is clear:
- 64 percent of all jobs (2.8 million jobs) will require some postsecondary training beyond high school by 2018.
It’s time to look at every possible way to improve student performance and increase high school graduation and college and career readiness – particularly among minorities and students from low income families – those with the highest high school dropout rates.