Fifty percent of urban youth graduate high school in the city of Minneapolis. For Hispanic and black students, the rates are even lower. However, for eight years, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School has been shattering statistics.
Fresh numbers from the Minnesota Department of Education show an increase in students graduating high school on time.
A new survey ranks Minneapolis-St. Paul near the top of the list of the nation’s most populous metro areas for college degree attainment among young adults. The only metropolitan areas that ranked higher were Washington, Boston, and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Minneapolis Public Schools has one of the worst graduation rates for black males in the country. In response, the district is starting a Black Male Initiative office to address and correct the problem of low graduation rates.
The administration of Gov. Mark Dayton is vowing to shrink the number of Minnesota students who don’t graduate from high school.