For once, the news about Arizona's education system isn't strictly bad news.
Turns out, Arizona is no longer the nation's leader in high school dropouts.
Well, technically, Arizona hasn't been the leader in high school dropouts for several years now, as the Department of Education publishes these statistics a few years after the fact.
For the 2009-2010 school year, 7.8 percent of high school students dropped out, which was the highest rate in the nation.
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According to the most recent report on drop-out rates from the DoE, 5 percent of high schoolers in Arizona dropped out in the 2010-2011 school year, and 5.9 percent dropped out in the 2011-2012 school year.
Alaska (7 percent), Michigan (6.9 percent), and New Mexico (6.4 percent) now have higher dropout rates than Arizona.
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