Mark Strassmann from the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley visits the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network

Mark Strassmann from the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley visits the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network ( Mark’s visit was spurred by data on increased mortality rates (particularly due to drug overdose, suicide, and alcoholic-related liver issues) among those with a high-school degree or less, as reported in a Brookings Papers on Economic Activity Conference Draft, Mortality and Morbidity in the 21st Century ( The authors, two Princeton University researchers, note that they did not focus on those with less than a high school degree for two reasons: this group has gotten smaller over time, and it is likely that this group would be increasingly negatively selected on health.

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