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Friday, February 01, 2013

Oregon high schools have one of the worst rates in the nation for graduating students on time.

Only 68.4 percent of the state's class of 2012 received diplomas after four years. This is a slight increase from the previous year's rate of 67.6 percent, when Oregon ranked fourth from the bottom in the U.S. In response, the governor and Legislature set a goal to have all students by the class of 2025 complete high school.

"It isn't acceptable that Oregon is the fourth worst in graduation rates and fourth in education funding," says Medford schools Superintendent Phil Long. "We were once a leader in education, and the choices we have made are having a consequence on our kids."

Read more at The Mail Tribune.

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