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Governor Jindal Announces Increase in High School Graduation Rates and Decrease in Dropout Rates

BATON ROUGE – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal joined BESE members Glenny Lee Buquet and Jim Garvey to announce that Louisiana’s high school graduation rate has increased by 3.7 points to 70.9 percent and that the cohort dropout rate has decreased from 17 percent to 14.6 percent between 2009-10 and 2010-11.

The jump in Louisiana’s graduation rate triples the cumulative gain for the prior three years combined. The cohort dropout rate also represents a four point decrease since 2007-08, when it was 18.6 percent.

Students March for Funding for High School Retention Program iJAG

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - On Tuesday, hundreds of Iowans, including Governor Branstad, marched in cities across Iowa for the iJAG program. They want state lawmakers to restore $1 million in state funding cuts.

iJAG is designed to give at-risk students time in school to focus on the issues that are holding them back from success. iJAG or Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates also helps give students job skills, career placement, college help, and job and life skills. But those who benefit from the state funded program say they can’t accomplish those goals with less funding.

JAG College and Career Planning System Launched Nationwide

Phil Harrington, President of Kuder, Inc., announced the five state, 24 program pilot-test was a complete success and that Kuder secured the feedback from JAG Specialists and students to better integrate the Kuder© Navigator System into JAG classrooms across the nation. We wish to extend special thanks to the JAG state organizations and local program Specialists for participating in the pilot and providing such important feedback as we prepare to launch the JAG College and Career Planning System, powered by Kuder, in over 800 JAG Model programs.

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