graduation rates

President Obama and the U.S. Department of Education announced a new grant designed to help the 5,000 lowest-performing schools over the next five years. A fund of $900 million has been earmarked for the program, called a "school turnaround grant." The administration has committed $3.5 billion in federal support for underperforming schools, taking new measures to reverse trends in schools with graduation rates below 60 percent. According to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Missouri’s graduation rate is 85 percent. St. Louis City Schools have a combined graduation rate of 45.9 percent. (Individual county school district graduation rates can be found at http://dese.mo.gov/schooldata/school_data.html.)