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Ohio Graduation Rates Could Dip This Year

Sep 19, 2017
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MICHELLE FAUST / WCPN

Overall, the high school graduation rate in Ohio has been climbing since 2010. But changes to federal education policies could cause a decrease this school year.

State report cards show the four-year high-xschool graduation rate reached more than 83 percent in the 2016-2017 academic year. But the federal Every Student Succeeds Act—or ESSA-- could impact that rate negatively, particularly for one group of students.

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ESPERANZA

A mentorship program for Cleveland Latino youth is using new grant funding to continue its work improving graduation rates.The program helps more than 200 students from  three area high schools. 

Esperanza—a non-profit educational support program—will use a $20,000 grant from State Farm to fund its Hispanic Youth Leadership Program.

Victor Ruiz, Esperanza’s executive director, reports a graduation rate of 97 percent for kids involved in the organization’s programs. He says the ‘secret’ is in the relationships.

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TIM RUDELL / WKSU

The University of Akron, Youngstown State and the University of Toledo all rate poorly in a national study of graduation rates for black students. WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports the study was conducted by  The Education Trust, which works to eliminate achievement gaps.