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Metro Schools graduation rate earns President's praise

When we say Metro Schools is gaining a national reputation for urban school improvement, we really mean it. I mean, who's more "national" than the President?

In a speech yesterday about Promise Zones inspired by the Harlem Children’s Zone, President Obama lauded Nashville’s graduation rate increase. What an honor for our work to be recognized by the President!

The President said:

“Harlem is not the only community that’s found success taking on these challenges together. In Cincinnati, a focus on education has helped to make sure more kids are ready for kindergarten. In Nashville, they’ve redesigned high schools and boosted graduation rates by almost 20 percent over the past 12 years. In Milwaukee, they’ve cut teen pregnancy in half."

[Emphasis ours.]

Here's a chart showing the hard numbers behind that mention.

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Read the full remarks on the White House website: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/01/09/remarks-president-promise-zones