In response to growing student poverty, Communities In Schools has released a new Impact Report detailing the practical, cost-effective solutions we’ve been implementing to help nearly 1.5 million students stay in school and succeed in life.
The report, “Changing the Picture of Education Across America” features data explaining how CIS is serving some of the 1 in 5 students in our country who are living in poverty. The report also contains results of a recent national survey which found that 88% of U.S. teachers believe student poverty is the #1 barrier to effective learning in the classroom.
According to the new report, 1.2 million students drop out every year. Each of these students will cost taxpayers roughly $292,000, as they’re more likely to need community assistance. Alternatively, the annual cost per student served by CIS in 2013-14 was only $159, and every dollar invested in CIS resulted in $11.60 in economic benefit for the community.