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High school dropout rate down, graduation rate up

By Len Kiese - bio | email

November 19, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Governor Purdue announced some good education news Wednesday. More students are graduating.

Georgia's high school graduation rate rose from 63-percent in 2002 to more than 75-percent this year. For the second year in a row, dropouts have been reduced by more than 2,200 students.

The Dougherty County School System is keeping up. Since 2002, the graduation rate has jumped about 13-points and the dropout rate has decreased from 7.5-percent to less than 5-percent.

"We can always do better. We can always raise a better class of graduate that is smarter and better prepared to enter the world, enter the career of their choice and we won't stop until we do that. Our goal is a 100 percent graduation rate," said R.D. Harter, DCSS Public Information Officer.

Governor Perdue and Dougherty County School leaders say graduation coaches play a vital role in the positive numbers. Dougherty County also credits other local initiatives such as Performance Learning Centers.

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