Graduation rates fall in SC

COLUMBIA (WACH) -- A new report released Thursday says the dropout rate has worsened in South Carolina.

According to the Diplomas Count Study, only 55 percent of high school students in the state graduate on time.

Minority students face even grimmer odds.

Only 45 percent of African American students earn a diploma in four years.

The system is obviously broken, explains Randy Page, President of South Carolinians for Responsible Government. Public schools in South Carolina spend $9 billion a year and do little more than replicate the shameful black/white, poor/rich, and rural/urban divides that already plague our state.

Reform advocates say laws that encourage parental engagement are a must.

When students are seated in a classroom that really fits their unique learning style and families have driven that process, we can begin to reverse this trend.

You can read the entire press release about plummeting graduation rates here.