The United States has reached a 81.4% on time high school graduation rate, the highest in the history of the nation. However, students of color, students from low-income families and students with disabilities are far less likely to graduate from high school, according to the Building a Grad Nation report. Research shows that if more students were to graduate high school the total tax payer burden would be lifted. If the high school drop out rate were to be cut in half for one class year we could add billions to the economy as more people would be college and career ready. Education has always been the best vehicle for change. It’s the best poverty program, best crime prevention program and the most effective economic stimulus program.