Statement: Mayor de Blasio Thinks A High School Education is Good Enough for NYC Kids

**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE** FEBRUARY 10, 2017
Statement: Mayor de Blasio Thinks A High School Education is Good Enough for NYC Kids
 
New York, NY – Families for Excellent Schools’ CEO Jeremiah Kittredge released a statement today on comments made by Mayor de Blasio about the college readiness rate at New York City high schools. In response to a question about the college readiness rate, which is now just 37.2%, the Mayor stated:
 “High school graduation, per se, as I think we all learned a long time ago, is a goal unto itself. Graduating high school has real value. For a lot of young people, that may be the end of their education, they can still go forward with a high school degree and find good opportunities.”
 
Jeremiah Kittredge, CEO, Families for Excellent Schools:

“Today, Mayor de Blasio told New York City parents that a high school education was good enough for their kids, despite mountains of evidence that a college diploma is the key to equal opportunity. Would the Mayor have accepted that for his own kids? The Mayor should apologize to the thousands of students he failed to prepare for college last year.”

The college readiness rate for New York City’s Class of 2016 was 37.2% — 35.4 points below the graduation rate of 72.6%. 

 
Schools in the Renewal School program experienced one-fifth as much improvement in college readiness as the rest of the city last year. 

Experts have found that attending college sets students up for a more successful future. Several studies on the subject are excerpted below:

Education matters
By Dennis Vilorio for BLS
“According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), earnings increase and unemployment decreases as educational attainment rises. Grouping workers by education level, the chart shows that those with more education have higher earnings and lower rates of unemployment than those with less education.”

Is College Worth It? Clearly, New Data Say
By David Leonhardt for New York Times
“Americans with four-year college degrees made 98 percent more an hour on average in 2013 than people without a degree. That’s up from 89 percent five years earlier, 85 percent a decade earlier and 64 percent in the early 1980s.”

Study: Even for drop-outs, college pays
By Justin Pope for AP
“But a new study argues that the investment in even a partial college education is still worth it, amounting to average earnings of $100,000 more over a lifetime than for those who merely finish high school. That’s a better investment return on average than stocks and bonds — though of course much lower than the return on college for those who finish.”

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