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Only half of all black, Hispanic and Native American teenagers in the United States will graduate from high school, according to a new study, while the graduation rate for white students is 75 percent. “Losing Our Future: How Minority Youth are Being Left Behind by the Graduation Rate Crisis,” issued February 25 by Advocates for Children of New York, the Civil Rights Project at Harvard, the Urban Institute and the Civil Society Institute, offers a new perspective on the efficacy of President Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act. New York State’s graduation rate is among the four lowest for minority students in the country, with only 35 percent of black and 32 percent of Hispanic teens reaching commencement. The report also attacks the Bush administration for no longer requiring schools and districts to report their minority drop-out rates according to a set of established guidelines.

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