What does LAUSD graduation rate increase mean for crime rate?

By Stef Camilla
October 06, 2014

lausd john deasyWhen thinking about crime rate in Los Angeles it is important to factor in the graduation rate as well. Los Angeles Unified School District is the largest (in terms of number of students) public school system in California. It is also the 2nd largest public school district in the United States.

LAUSD announced their annual report on graduation rate and showed a huge rise for the 2013-14 school year. The rate increased by 12 % to a rate of 77% with a near 25,000 graduates.

Superintendent, John Deasy said “I am grateful for the work that our teachers, administrators and staff have accomplished.”

The graduation rate from the previous school year was 65%.
“We continue to move closer to our goal,” Deasy said. “The results keep getting better and better.”

He also stated that the rate could rise further once it is updated to include students who completed requirements in summer school.

The statewide graduation rate is 80% for 2012-13, the most recent year available.

According to a recent report conducted by the Alliance for Excellent says that among all 50 states, California would save the most money — $2.4 billion in crime costs — if the male high school graduation rate increased by 5 percent. This means we should see crime rate decrease as with the growing rate of high school students graduating.

There is an indirect correlation between educational attainment and arrest and incarceration rates, particularly among males, the report found. According to the most recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Justice, 56 percent of federal inmates, 67 percent of inmates in state prisons, and 69 percent of inmates in local jails did not complete high school. Additionally, the number of incarcerated individuals without a high school diploma is increasing over time.

The graduation rate may be a sign of change.

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