High school dropouts cost state millions

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SALT LAKE CITY -- High school dropouts cost Utah millions of dollars.

According to a new report from Alliance for Excellent Education, 3.500 students dropped out of the Class of 2008 in Salt Lake, Tooele and Summit counties.

If half that number had stayed in school, they could have collectively earned $18 million more, spent an extra $12 million and invested an additional $4 million a year.

Utah education officials hope to boost the state's graduation rate with the help of a $175 million federal grant.

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