"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district recently announced it has an 81 percent graduation rate. That's a jump of about 4 points from last year.
Reaching that number is a big deal for a large school district like CMS, and we're pleased to see the district is making progress.
We salute every teacher, counselor, and administrator who played a part in making the graduation rate rise.
How did it happen?
The district kept schools open after-hours and even on Saturdays to provide students opportunities to get that diploma.
We're told counselors pushed students to make sure they were up-to-date on obtaining their credits.
And the district also offered ways to engage students to keep coming to school even if they had no plans to attend college.
We say to CMS: keep thinking outside the box so the graduation rate will continue to increase.
An 81 percent graduation rate means 19 percent of students are still dropping out of school.
That's about one out of five students walking the streets with no high school diploma.
That is unacceptable.
So CMS: feel the glow, celebrate your accomplishment...and then get back to work, because there are still some students getting left behind.
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