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Idaho 41st in high school grad rate

Idaho’s graduation rate tied for 41st in the nation in 2013-14, according to new numbers released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Education. Idaho’s graduation rate came in at 77.3 percent; the national rate was 82.3 percent. The state’s 77.3 percent figure isn’t new; the State Department of Education released it in March. But the national report places Idaho’s rate in new context. And the report challenges the long-held assumption that Idaho boasts one of the nation’s highest high school graduation rates — even while state leaders have readily acknowledged Idaho’s college attendance and college graduation rates lag near the bottom of national rankings. In actuality, Idaho’s high school graduation rate may also be lagging — beating out only eight states and the District of Columbia/Kevin Richert, IdahoED NEWS. More here.

Question: What should be a higher priority -- boosting the high school graduation rate or giving the highest earners in the state a tax break on income?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.