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CT Graduation Rate for Minority Students Deemed Dismal

HARTFORD  — Connecticut Education Commissioner Mark McQuillan yesterday sounded the alarm after results of  the state’s wide education gap between whites and minorities.

According to a press release,  the state’s high school graduation rates for black and Hispanic students are alarmingly low, and he says urgent action is needed.

New figures for the class of 2009 show a 58 percent graduation rate for Hispanics, 66 percent for blacks and 87 percent for whites. Connecticut’s overall rate was 79 percent.

Officials say they began using a more accurate system of tracking graduate rates last year, and it showed the 2009 numbers were worst than those in previous years.

McQuillan is pushing several proposals, including offering student and family support programs and moving up to July 1, 2010, the effective date of a law change that will prohibit 16-year-olds from dropping out of school, even if they have parental permission.

An AP report is used in this article.

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