The U.S. Secretary of Education recently recognized Alabama for having one of the nation’s steepest increases in high school graduation rates. Birmingham City Schools’ rate increased even more - up roughly 23 percent in the last four years. The latest data reported to the state education department puts the system’s rate at 79 percent - just below the national average. Regardless of that and larger questions about what the diplomas actually mean, having that piece of paper is helpful. For an NPR project, WBHM’s education reporter Dan Carsen sat down with James Hanks.
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) The graduation rate at B.C. Rain High School has improved significantly. The goal for the entire Mobile County Public School system is an 80 percent graduation rate. B.C. Rain High school exceeded the system wide goal with an 85 percent graduation rate.
"The biggest thing is changing the mentality," said Assistant Principal Melanie Lewis. "We have high expectations and when you have high expectations, they're going to meet them."