FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 25, 2007
STATEMENT BY MAYOR BLOOMBERG ON STATE GRADUATION RATES
New York City's Graduation Rates Increase
"Today's results powerfully demonstrate that, as a result of the school reforms New York City has made, more students are graduating from our public schools than at any time in decades. Four- and five-year graduation rates have risen steadily and substantially during the past two years, surpassing every comparison gain in the rest of the state, and setting our students up for success. But we can not be satisfied with this progress, and we will continue working to give every New York City public school student a real chance to graduate and be successful."
"Under the Chancellor's leadership, we are setting high goals and ensuring accountability for meeting them throughout the system. In these rising graduation rates, we can see results of the hard work of the 120,000-member staff of the Department of Education. I congratulate them, and I especially congratulate all the students and their parents who are responsible for achieving this important progress."
Stu Loeser/Dawn Walker (212) 788-2958
Dina Paul Parks (Department of Education)