Transcript for Obama Announces 'Record High' High School Graduation Rate
So when I took office almost eight years ago we knew that our education system. What's falling short. When it came to preparing young people like you for that real. Our public schools had been the envy of the world but the world caught up. And we started getting outpaced when it came to math. And science education. An African American locked in all students. In part. Because of legacy. Of discrimination. Too often lagged behind our white classmates. Some and called the achievement get. That by one estimate cost us hundreds of billions of dollars a year. And we were behind other developed countries where it came to the number young people who were getting a higher education. So I said when I first came an office but won its way I want us to be number wanna get. We recently learned that America's high school graduation rate went up to 83% which is the highest phone right. More African American eloped and no students are graduating than ever before. I've never seen in just five years the graduation re. The graduation rate in the District of Columbia public schools. Went wrong. Just 53%. To 69%. I've got no doubt that we're gonna continue to build. A country where everybody has the chance to make of their lives what they were and that's what America's all about. Prodded Bulldog.
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