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Document Number: 6229

Investing Wisely in Adult Learning Is Key to State Prosperity - Seventeen percent of young adults in Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) states did not complete high school, and under 1% of these adults earn the GED credential in any one year. This brief discusses the tremendous individual and societal benefits that come from helping working-age adults complete high school equivalency programs and enroll in postsecondary programs. These benefits include: (1) higher income, which translates into higher tax revenues; (2) better health, which lowers related state costs; and (3) greater civic responsibility. The brief provides recommendations on what states can do on page 11, and examples of promising state practices in SREB states, starting on page 13. (Southern Regional Education Board, May 2005)...

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