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Leon boasts more high school grads than rest of state

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By Lynn Hatter

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Tallahassee, FL – More students than ever are graduating from Florida's public schools. That's according to the state's department of education which says more than 80-percent of students earned a diploma last year. Lynn Hatter reports at the local level, students in Leon County are managing to top that number.

Leon County School Superintendent Jackie Pons says the district's current graduation rate is around 84-percent, four points higher than the state average, and up 10.5 points in just two years.

"And in the past two years we've raised our rate over 10 points, so, I was real proud of our teachers and students and administrators. We've worked real hard on graduation rates to get them up and we're extremely proud of it."

The graduation rate includes special diplomas usually awarded to students with disabilities, and diplomas earned by students who leave the traditional school system for adult education programs. But next year the state and district rate could fall, as the adult education students begin to be counted as dropouts.