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LARAMIE, Wyo. - A new study from the Washington, D.C.-based Alliance for Excellent Education evaluates the economic impact of the state's high school dropout numbers.

Spokesman Jason Amos says that about 2,000 students dropped out from the class of 2010 in Wyoming.

And according to the organization's analysis, if that number were cut by half, the state could see an economic boost of about $6.7 million in average year earnings.

Amos tells KUWR radio in Laramie that money would circulate in the local economy, creating an additional $5 million in spending during an average year. And he says state tax revenues would likely grow by as much as $300,000 annually.

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