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Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 1:49pm

Schools Lauded For Graduation Success

15 Georgia high schools are being recognized for achieving marked improvement in graduating its students. But some on the front-lines of teaching say that success could be jeopardized by the state’s ailing budget.

A study by the non-profit Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education found the schools graduated at least 85 percent of their students in the past two years. And over the course of the five-year study, the schools across north, middle and east Georgia raised rates by at least 10 percentage points.

Officials point to strong faculty-student relationships and connection to curriculum being taught.

Terri Duncan is a graduation coach at Greenbrier High in east Georgia - one of the schools recognized. She wants lawmakers to know schools could backslide if budget cuts go too deep.

“I think they’ve got to tread very carefully and listen to the people and educators. We know. We are the ones who know what needs to be in these schools and I think our opinion and thoughts need to be valued.”

Duncan says some of her grad coach colleagues have already fallen victim to the budget ax, especially on the middle school level.