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NYC Latino Students Lag in Graduation Rates

Hoy, Posted: Aug 13, 2008

NEW YORK - Latino high school graduation rates are still behind their Asian, African-America and Caucasian counterparts, reports the Spanish language newspaper, Hoy. At a recent press conference New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg cited a NY Dept. of Education report which says that of students who graduated in 2007, 43% were Latino, 70.9% Asian, 68.8% white and 47.2% were African American. The Mayor attributed this to the fact that Latino students do not speak enough English at home. The Department of Eds report also indicates that more students from the city and state are graduating than in previous years. The citys overall graduation rate has increased from 50% in 2006 to 56% in 2007, and the state dropout rate has declined 3.3 % since 2005. Mayor Bloomberg asserted that in order to succeed, students need support from their family, schools and community.



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