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A Canadian report on the costs of dropping out estimates that dropouts lose $307 billion in lifetime income, with a public loss of tax revenue of $11.5 billion. Meanwhile, they cost us $23.8 billion yearly in health spending, with social assistance adding almost a billion dollars more, and crime costing taxpayers $350 million.

If even one per cent more of our students graduated from high school, the report calculates, we would save $70 billion in lifetime health spending and $2.3 billion in taxes. Costs associated with crime would drop by $1.4 billion.

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