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New York Graduation Rate Drops for English Learners

World Journal, Posted: Feb 25, 2009

NEW YORK -- The overall high school graduation rate in New York City has increased from 46.5 percent in 2005 to 52.2 percent in 2007, but the rate for students learning English dropped from 28.5 to 23.5 percent, World Journal reports. Representatives of the immigrant advocacy group New York Immigration Coalition blame the creation of small, new schools that exclude non-fluent students, which contributes to the overrepresentation of English-language learners in some of the city's worst schools. Advocates said a longer school day, smaller class size and access to full-day pre-K and kindergarten should be considered. They also pointed out that plans to require students to pass all five Regents exams will only make things worse for English-language learners, since only 10 percent of them are able to pass the current test.


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