Illinois Dropout Prevention Summit

Every school day nearly 7,000 students drop out of high school in the United States. Each year that number adds up to about 1.2 million students who will not graduate from high school with their classmates. In Illinois, more than 41,000 students drop-out of school each year.  That means at least 228 students leave every school day.


The summit was convened by the State Department of Education, Advance Illinois and State Farm Insurance Companies and approximately 500 people from all over the state attended the day long summit. The day began with a morning plenary featuring State Farm Insurance Companies Chairman and CEO Ed Rust, Jo Anderson, Jr., Senior Advisor for the US Department of Education, Illinois State Superintendent of Education Dr. Christopher Koch. America’s Promise chair, Alma Powell provided an informational and motivational presentation to call all participants to action. Rick Stephens of the Boeing Company provided the audience with background information and an overview of the regional work sessions they would be participating in for the remainder of the day. The work sessions lasted for approximately four hours.