February 14, 2006

Valentine's Day options, graduation rates

This morning's Ithaca Journal looks at last-minute options for Valentine's Day, visiting Arnold's Flowers in Dryden and including a picture of Freeville resident Randy French.

High school graduation rates around the county are higher in Tompkins County than in the state. The state average for graduation within four years is 64%, while school districts within the county ranged from 66.3% to 92.8%. The print edition shows that for students who started in 2000, 88.8% of Dryden students and 87.6% of Ithaca students graduated in five years. In 2001, 76.1% of Dryden students and 81.0% of Ithaca students graduated within four years. The article notes that Dryden has the highest local rate of students seeking Graduate Equivalency Diplomas (GEDs), at 5.6%, and quotes Superintendent Mark Crawford on the need for schools to reach out to students:

Sometimes, I think what happens with a lot of young people is they are socialized away from school.

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