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64% of 2003 high school graduates were enrolled in colleges or universities in the fall, two-thirds of them in four-year institutions, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. The rate was little changed and remains near historically high rates. However, only 63% of full-time students at four-year colleges graduate within six years (the usual yardstick for measuring graduation rates) - a rate that has remained flat for more than 20 years. Graduation rates remain especially low for black and Latino students. (New York Times, 5-26-04) The share of adults with at least a bachelor's degree from college edged up to 27.2% last year, continuing a decades-long rise, according to Census Bureau estimates released in June.

The widely quoted 85% high school graduation rate is misleading, argues Christopher B. Swanson of the Urban Institute's Education Policy Center, who believes the true rate is closer to 68% for public schools and 50% for minorities. (Education Week, 7-28-04) The 85% estimate by the Census Bureau counts GEDs and overlooks persons who live in prisons and other institutions. Accounting properly for dropouts is difficult.

Non-citizen parents seek voting rights in school elections. Any parent in Chicago may vote in local school elections as long as they have a child in one of the schools. A bill introduced in July in Washington, D.C. would allow permanent residents to vote for members of the school board, city council and mayor. San Francisco's board of supervisors voted in July to put an amendment on the November ballot to allow any parent with a child in public schools to vote in school board elections. That measure could require an amendment to the California state constitution. Immigrant communities are split over whether to extend voting rights to non-citizens. (Wall Street Journal, 9-14-04)

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