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Monday, August 11, 2008

High School Grad Rates Released

This morning, the state finally released high school graduation rates for 2007. And Mayor Bloomberg, who won control of the school district in 2002, says it's more good news for New York City students. The City's four-year graduation rate is now up to 55.8 percent, up 2.4 percent from 2006, and up 5.7 percent from 2005.

Also, according to the City's press release, graduation rates for black and Hispanics is rising faster than than that of whites and Asians, closing a wide success gap between these ethnic groups.

Bloomberg and Chancellor Joel Klein, along with the union leaders for city administrators and teachers, all declared victory.

"Although I'm pleased that the overall graduation rate is continuing to rise, it's especially encouraging to see that the biggest increases are among our black and Hispanic students," Klein said in a statement. "This is further evidence that we're beginning to close the shameful racial achievement gap in this City."

We'll do more to find out some Bronx-specific statistics in the next couple of days.


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