Republic: Phoenix Union grad rates among the highest

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Friday, October 27, 2017

The Arizona Republic reported that campaign fliers mailed to Phoenix residents by Yes for Phoenix Union, a campaign committee supporting bond and override measures on the ballot that will financially aid the Phoenix Union High School District, state the district graduation rate is one of the highest among urban high school districts in the United States.

The fliers encourage voters to vote "yes" on ballot measures which will help to “recruit and retain quality teachers, provide students with career and academic support services, and invest in classroom technology,” according to the Yes for Phoenix Union website.

Phoenix Union had an 81 percent graduation rate in the 2015-16 academic school year, making it fourth on the list which compares Phoenix Union with urban districts like the Los Angeles Unified School District, New York Public Schools, Miami Dade County Public Schools, Seattle Public Schools and Chicago Public Schools, to name a few.

According to the district, the graduation rate has since gone up to 84 percent.

The district also pointed to an upcoming report by Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy that showed the district’s graduation rate ranks high against select districts with similar demographics.

The Morrison Institute report compared Phoenix Union High School District with six other “comparable” school districts, like Hickman Mills C-1 School District in Kansas City, Missouri; Harlandale Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas; and Guilford County Schools in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Of the seven districts in the report, Phoenix ranked third.

READ: Fact Check: How does Phoenix Union rank against other districts on graduation rates?