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NY Graduation Rate Improves Ahead Of Review Of Requirements


New York's high school graduation rate continued to edge upward in 2019.

The state Education Department said Thursday the graduation rate for the Class of 2019 was 83.4%, up less than a percentage point from the previous year. The rate reflects slight increases across most racial groups, and in the “Big 5” cities of New York City, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Yonkers. The  achievement gap between white students and their black and Hispanic peers again narrowed, but still hovered around 15%. The latest graduation numbers come as the state undertakes a two-year effort to rethink the requirements for a New York state diploma. 

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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