Low Graduation Rates Hits Urban Schools
As families gear up to celebrate the graduation of their children from high school new statistics have been released about the rate of graduation for students in urban communities.
America’s Promise Alliance (APA), a foundation started by Colin Powell, released information on April 1 about the graduation rates of 50 different cities in the U.S. finding that Detroit, Indianapolis, and Cleveland had the lowest graduation rates in the country.
In comparison, students in suburban and rural school districts were more likely to graduate than their counterparts in public schools in the city.
To help hold back the tide of drop outs, APA plans to hold summits in every state for the next two years to help prepare students for college and the workforce.
“When more than 1 million students a year drop out of high school, it’s more than a problem, it’s a catastrophe,” said Colin Powell.