According to a the Alliance of excellent education, Georgia's 2008 class of high school drop outs will ultimately cost the state economy 15.5 billion dollars.
The money lost represents wages, taxes and productivity over the students lifetime.
The report notes drop outs are more likely to spend their lives on welfare, in prison and periodically unemployed.
"If it's not going to be utilized but needs to be because that's why we're paying it we're paying it to the education system we're paying teachers' salaries so kids will go will finish their high school education continue on to college or to technical college,"said Thomasville resident Katrina Tubbs.
The high school graduation rate in Georgia is about 58-percent, which falls under the U.S average of 71-percent.