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Want to boost school graduation rates? Public spending is key

High school graduation marks a pivotal milestone in an individual's life, opening doors to higher education, promising employment prospects, and a brighter future.

However, achieving high graduation rates remains a persistent challenge, particularly for underserved communities. This article delves into the role of public spending and strategic investments in boosting school graduation rates.

The impact of public spending

Researchers found that increased public spending, particularly on social welfare and education, positively correlated with high school graduation rates. For every $437 increase in social welfare spending per child, graduation rates increased by 1%.

Similarly, a $720 increase in public education funding yielded a 1% rise in graduation rates. These findings emphasize the importance of adequate funding to provide quality resources and support for students.

Strategic investment areas

To optimize the impact of increased spending, researchers identified three strategic investment areas: data-driven decision-making, technology integration, and educator training and innovation.

Accurate and timely data on student progress is crucial for tailoring interventions effectively, while technology should be integrated judiciously with clear pedagogical goals. Additionally, investing in educator training and fostering innovative teaching methods can significantly enhance student engagement and learning outcomes.

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