Senator Chuck Wiger Issues Statement in Response to New High School Graduation Rates
“We are on the right track, but more needs to be done,” says Wiger.
St. Paul, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Education today announced that Minnesota students have posted the highest rates graduation rates on record—82.7 percent. Graduation rates for non-white students have increased by 11.1 percent since 2012. In response, Senator Chuck Wiger (DFL-Maplewood) released the following statement:
“Newly available data show that the initiatives we implemented during the past seven years are working: increasing per pupil funding, focusing on college and career readiness, investing in all-day kindergarten and early learning programs, and adding support for high quality teacher preparation and staff development. We are on the right track, but more needs to be done.
This session, a focus on smarter student testing, school safety enhancements, full service community school investments and teacher diversity and quality programs will help us move the graduation rate needle upwards even faster.
It is imperative that all our students graduate from high school and are ready for life after high school. We know that a high school diploma adds value to earning potential and future quality of life. I look forward to working on these issues with my colleagues and education stakeholders this legislative session.”
About Senator Chuck Wiger
Chuck Wiger is a state senator who represents the northeast metropolitan communities of Maplewood, Oakdale, North St. Paul, White Bear Lake, Birchwood, Mahtomedi, and Willernie. He is the Ranking Member of the E-12 Finance Committee, and a member of the Capital Investment and Local Government committees.