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Tennessee no longer 'dropout factory' as high school graduation rate soars
In 2002, Tennessee had one of the lowest high school graduation rates in the country, but a report set for release today credits the state with making the largest leap in that category in the nation.

A study by Johns Hopkins University and America's Promise Alliance, founded by Gen. Colin Powell, says the graduation rate for Tennessee's public high schools grew from 59.6 percent in 2002 to 74.9 in 2008.

The report does not break down graduation rates by local school system. In 2008, Memphis City Schools' rate was 66.9 percent, and Shelby County Schools' rate was 96.1 percent, according to the Tennessee Department of Education.

Today, Gov. Phil Bredesen and leaders from other high-achieving parts of the country, including New York City, Alabama and Indiana, are in Washington to talk with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan about what programs worked.

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