How high school dropouts affect 7 Arizona cities

Gilbert educators say flexible schooling options are a must to decrease the number of dropouts, which a recent report estimated cost the town about $139 million in lifetime economic losses.

The report from Arizona mayors notes 11.3 percent of students living in Gilbert drop out of school annually.

The town’s drop-out rate is far lower than Phoenix’s 24.1 percent and Mesa’s 21.2 percent, but the costs to the town remain significant, according to the report by the Arizona Mayors Education Roundtable.

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