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Study: San Diego Graduation Rates Expected To Drop

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Graduation caps are thrown in the air, May 17, 2009.

GUESTS:

Julian Betts, economics professor, UC San Diego

Richard Barrera, board trustee, San Diego Unified School District

Transcript

A new UC San Diego study found that more high school seniors at San Diego Unified School District may be eligible for college this year. The bad news: It also found that more students may not graduate at all.

Both outcomes stem from a change in graduation requirements aimed at getting more students to go to college. The class of 2016 is the first class subjected to the new standards.

According to the report, about 650 more students may become eligible to apply to the California State University and University of California systems, but as many as 1,000 more students may not get a diploma come June. Underserved students may be the most affected.

UCSD economics professor Julian Betts, who co-authored the report, and Richard Barrera, San Diego Unified board trustee, discuss what's being done to get students on track for graduation on Midday Edition Wednesday.

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