Grad rates rising, but still failing
Feb 14, 2017 | 4167 views | 0 0 comments | 426 426 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The idea that progress is slow is never more apparent than when examining the annual graduation and dropout rate statistics for New York City.

While it's a hopeful sign to at least see things trending in the right direction, its disheartening when you realize just how low the success rates are for black and Hispanic students in our schools.

This year, in every borough across all ethnicities, graduation and dropout rates improved. But where are we failing our students when the graduation rate for both black and Hispanic students fails to reach 70 percent?

It's a number we're slowly crawling towards, but it's staggering to really think that three out of every ten in these minority groups fails to graduate high school.

Hopefully these numbers can continue to climb, and an uncertain future with controversial Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos won't hamper the progress.

There's a fear that things could get worse for the majority of students, especially in low-income areas. If federal funding is funneled towards private and charter networks, it means that the majority of students who still need to go to public school could be disproportionately impacted.

Yes, charter and private school networks often get good results, but along with that is usually a higher per student funding formula and admissions practices that arguably keep out under-performing and special needs students.

Title 1 funding, which gives federal money to schools with the highest number of low-income students, could be a program that the Trump administration looks to cut.

So take heart that graduation rates are rising, but it's going to be a long fight to get that percentage to 100.
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