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Wyoming's Graduation Rate Continues To Rise

Catherine Wheeler

Despite the pandemic, Wyoming graduation rates rose again last year. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow said the statewide graduation rate was at 82.3 percent. It's the seventh straight year there was an increase.

"Eighteen of 48 school districts had above 90 percent graduation rate, and that is up from 15 school districts one year ago," She said.

Balow added that she remains concerned about the 18 percent of students in the state who are not graduating on time, and her department will continue to support school districts as they try to help those students.

Balow also expressed concern about how proposed cuts to education funding might impact K-12 students in the future.

Earlier in the day she expressed grave concern about a Biden administration plan to halt oil and gas leasing on federal land, noting that it could cost Wyoming schools around $150 million in education revenue.

Bob Beck retired from Wyoming Public Media after serving as News Director of Wyoming Public Radio for 34 years. During his time as News Director WPR has won over 100 national, regional and state news awards.
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