1. 10% of K-8 students are held back for one or more years–including 25% of low-income students.
  2. About 7 million students–15% of all American school children–miss a month or more of school each year, according to the Get Schooled Foundation.
  3. Nearly 50% of truant students who are absent about once a week or more are at risk of dropping out of high school.
  4. 30% of those in an ASCD survey believe that increasing the time each student spends in school every day and year would have the greatest impact on the quality of education.
  5. Former D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee’s decision to close 23 D.C. schools in 2008 came in at a high price: the original $9.7 million, plus $8 million to demolish the buildings and transport displaced students, plus $22 million in lost property values at the closed sites.