Former W.Va. governor: '08 dropouts may cost nation $319 billion

Students who dropped out of school rather than graduating in 2008 likely will cost the U.S. a total of $319 billion over their lifetimes, said former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise, who heads the Alliance for Excellent Education, an advocacy group focused on high schools. "The first group affected when a student drops out of high school is the student themselves, but there's another group affected as well. It's the rest of us. It's you, me, all of us," Wise told teens at an Atlanta town hall meeting.

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