Heritage: Choice, not money, improve graduation rates

Monday, January 4, 2016
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

high school graduationGraduation rates have increased nationally but one education observer says the U.S. Department of Education shouldn't be too quick to take credit.

In 2014, graduation rates reached 82 percent nationwide, a new record. But that figure is just an increase of one percent over 2013.

It's great to see graduation rates increase, says Lindsey Burke of The Heritage Foundation.

Burke

But digging into the numbers shows a lingering problem, she says, which is that graduation rates for students from low-income families have not increased.

To change those figures, says Burke, school choice is the best way to increase graduation rates among children from low-income families.

"That is probably the single biggest indication of the success of these programs," she says.

The federal Washington D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program is a great example, since 82 percent of students graduate compared to the 70 percent of applicants who didn't receive a scholarship. 

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