Parents Fight Low Graduation Rates

Fixing Syracuse Schools

In Syracuse, the mayor, parent organizations and the school superintendent are all searching for ways to improve city schools. At 33 percent, Syracuse's Fowler High School has one of the lowest four-year graduation rates in the state. That's the school the daughter of community activist Jones-Cole would attend, based on location. But because her K-8 school is also on the state's list of underperforming schools, she is eligible to attend high school elsewhere in Syracuse.

Still, Jones-Cole worries about her daughters' education.

Jones-Cole said she wishes her children had the opportunities afforded to children in other districts, from more modern buildings and sports fields to better science laboratories and up-to-date textbooks.

In terms of getting a quality education, Jones-Cole said, "the truth of the matter is my child will always be behind."

ABCNews.com contributor Matthew Nojiri is a member of the Syracuse University ABC News On Campus bureau.

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