Florida High School Graduation Rate Slips Slightly

The high school graduation rates in Florida and Bay County have dropped slightly from last year, but they are still much higher than they were eight years ago when Gov. Jeb Bush took office.

Statewide, 71 percent of the students graduated. That's down almost a full point from the year before.

In Bay County, 77.5 percent of the seniors graduated, and that's down a little more than half a point from the year before.

Bay's rate for 2005-2006 was almost 22 percentage points higher than the district's 1998 rate which was less than 56 percent.

Three northwest Florida counties saw either big increases or decreases in their rates. Jackson County had the biggest increase in the state with an improvement of more than nine percent.

Franklin County's rate crashed, falling more than 19 points, and Holmes County also has troubling numbers with its rate down more than nine percent.

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