Dropping Out & Crime: The Kansas Connection

By: Brian Quick
By: Brian Quick

(Topeka, KS)--Kansas Attorney General Steve Six is targeting high school drop-outs. A new report shows a correlation between low graduation rates and violent crime.

The report, "Schools or the Streets," says increasing graduation rates by 10 percent could prevent 25 murders in the state. It also states the best way to fight drop-out rates is by focusing on early childhood education.

Topeka 501 School Board member Patrick Woods told 13 News that he is not surprised by the new data, and it is exactly why 501 is now focusing on not just K-12 education, but early childhood as well.

Heartland Visioning even takes education and crime into account in its plan, which will be announced money.

Nearly 70 percent of America's prison inmates failed to earn their high school diploma.

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