How Governor-Elect Corbett's Dropout Re-Engagement Platform Aligns with the Operation Restart Public Policy Agenda

Pennsylvania needs a highly-educated and proficient workforce to compete in the 21st century global economy. All young people need a sound academic foundation that prepares them to participate in this new economy. In addition, our current and future employers need a strong pool of qualified workers to prosper, innovate and grow.


Getting Dropouts Back on Track is Economic Growth Strategy for PA

PPC Report Shows Benefits of Re-Engaging Dropouts in Education & Workforce
Each high school dropout costs $683 more annually than he/she contributes in taxes


New 4-year Cohort Graduation Rate Calculation Being Implemented

Effective with the 2009-10 school year, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) will begin implementation of a new methodology to calculate the graduation rate for all public high schools, comprehensive Career and Technical Centers (CTCs) and charter schools that graduate students from 12th grade.


Advocacy Toolkit

Operation Restart is a statewide advocacy campaign to develop and advance a public policy agenda to ensure all young people to age 25 who lack a secondary credential have access to high-quality educational options that lead to a high school diploma or GED and postsecondary and/or industry credentials preparing them for a career with a self/familysustaining wage.

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Data Tables

Median Earnings For Persons Ages 25-64 With Earnings By Educational Attainment (PDF)

Number of High School Dropouts Ages 16 to 24 (PDF)

Persons Ages 25-64 By Educational Attainment (PDF)

Poverty Rate of Persons Ages 25-64 By Educational Attainment (PDF)

Unemployment Rate for Persons Ages 25-64 By Educational Attainment (PDF)

2009-10 Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate (PDF)


Media Coverage

Summit moves on dropout prevention blueprint (PDF)
New Pittsburgh Courier - November 12, 2010
Drop back in to help (PDF)
Warren Times Observer - May 8, 2010
United Way: Don’t ignore the dropouts (PDF)
Delaware County Times - April 30, 2010
Jesse Shaffer: Re-building lives (PDF)
The Sunbury Daily Item - April 26, 2010
Efforts under way to draw area dropouts back into workforce (PDF)
The Bradford Era - April 16, 2010
Op-Ed by Eugene D. Ervin & Phil Mitman (PDF)
Allentown Morning Call - March 25, 2010
Programs aim to get dropouts back on track (PDF)
Williamsport Sun-Gazette - March 14, 2010
Initiative hopes to re-engage high school dropouts (PDF)
Lewistown Sentinel - February 18, 2010
Schuylkill a leader in high school dropouts, near bottom in college graduates (PDF)
Pottsville Republican Herald - February 1, 2010
Pittsburgh-Allegheny partnership aims to help school dropouts (PDF)
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - January 28, 2010



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