Challenging schools should provide the support needed for all to graduate
“Minnesota’s failure to graduate its high school students of color is among the worst in the nation.” Education officials, the story goes, often explain Minnesota’s gaps by highlighting the rigor of our schools. However, this does not explain why the “attendance, behavior and course failure” problems that often lead to students dropping out, are happening disproportionately among students of color. Schools have a responsibility to offer the support students need to graduate. Using federal data and data from the Minnesota Department of Education, a recent MPR News brief describes the problem in compelling graphs. They also tell the story of three schools that are succeeding.