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Some cities make gains in curbing dropouts

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WASHINGTON (KWWL) - A national study finds the high school dropout problem is getting better in some big cities where it's most severe.

Still, the situation remains dismal: More than one in four kids drops out of high school in the United States.

But the study from America's Promise Alliance found that Philadelphia, Tucson, Ariz., and Kansas City, Mo., made huge gains over the past decade, boosting graduation rates by 20 percent or more.

In all, the study found 13 cities saw double-digit improvement in their graduation rates. But 19 cities lost ground, including Las Vegas which saw its graduation rates plummet 23 percentage points to 44.5 percent.

There were also huge drops in graduation rates in Wichita and Omaha.

On average, only half the kids graduate in the 50 biggest cities.

Online Executive Producer Nate Leding

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