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Gaps Persist Despite Rising High School Graduation Rates
Kelsey Sheehy, U.S. News and World Report, 1/25/13

The nation’s high school graduation rate has climbed to its highest level since 1974, but minority students continue to lag behind, according to public school data released yesterday by the National Center for Education Statistics.

Roughly 78 percent of high schoolers graduate within four years, NCES reported, using figures from the 2009-2010 school year. That rate falls to 66 percent among black students and 69 percent for American Indian students.


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Young students reflect on growing up with Obama as president
Todd Johnson, The Grio, 1/20/13


Gay African-American Youth Face Unique Challenges Coming Out to Families
Staff writer, Science Blog, 1/21/13


Obamas replace TV’s Huxtables as black marriage role model
Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, 1/22/13


Bizzarre PSA to Massachusetts: “Pull Up Your Pants”…Or you go to Prison.
Matt Wilstein, Media ITE, 1/23/13


Youth Unemployment Summit Highlights Illinois Teens’ Urgent Need For Jobs
Staff Writer, Progress Illinios, 1/24/13


Reflecting on the passing of an Alabama pioneer
Amsterdam News, Jonathan P. Hick, 1/24/13


T.J. Vassar, pioneering African American educator
Katherine Long, Seattle Times, 1/26/13


Minority youths in courts more than whites
Manuel Valdes, The News Tribune, 1/27/13