Your NPR news source

Report: Dropout Rates Linked to Violence

SHARE Report: Dropout Rates Linked to Violence

A law enforcement advocacy group is pushing Illinois lawmakers to find more money for preschool education. They say it’s a concrete way to fight crime.

Getting children into school early could potentially prevent them from turning to crime and save the state millions of dollars down the road.

A new report by Fight Crime: Invest in Kids says that dropout rates fuel violence.

The Illinois chapter is part of a national group of police chiefs, prosecutors and others in law enforcement.

The group says early education leads to better graduation rates, which is linked to reduced violence.

KIRSCH: This is not just some academic exercise. This is crime prevention and that’s what our members are here to say.

Jeff Kirsch is vice president of Fight Crime, which estimates increasing graduation rates by 10 percent would prevent 150 murders in Illinois each year.

Kirsch says half of Illinois preschoolers are in some type of education program, and calls on lawmakers to pump much more into such programs.

The group acknowledges, though, that the poor economy and the state’s fiscal problems might make that difficult.

I’m Natalie Moore, Chicago Public Radio.

The Latest