"The Social Costs of Inadequate Education," the inaugural symposium of The Campaign for Educational Equity at Teachers College (TC) will be held on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 24-25 in Alfred Lerner Hall.
Chaired by TC education economist Henry Levin and co-hosted by Campaign director Michael Rebell, this event will provide the most accurate picture yet of what society pays -- in reduced productivity, earnings and tax revenues, as well as through increased burden on the public assistance, criminal justice and public health care systems -- when young people fail to graduate from high school. One finding: high school dropouts cost America $84 billion in reduced tax revenues. Another: a dropout today will earn $260,000 less over a lifetime than a peer who graduates from high school.
Congressman Charles B. Rangel s will deliver introductory remarks on the morning of Oct. 24. During lunch on Oct. 25, audience members may participate in breakout session to propose "action steps" in reaction to the new data. The symposium will conclude with a report from Rebell on these proposals, which will be used to help shape the Campaign's agenda.
For more information or to register for the symposium, visit www.tc.edu/symposium. The $25 registration fee (which includes continental breakfast and box lunch on both days) is waived for Columbia students. Faculty members interested in bringing their classes should call 1-866-92-Equal.
TC President Arthur Levine has called the gap in opportunities and outcomes between advantaged and disadvantaged students "the most serious issue in education today -- the equivalent of AIDS or cancer in medicine." The findings of the symposium presenters make clear that this issue affects us all.