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Louisiana graduation rates tumble

Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - 2:15pm

LOUISIANA — A new study shows Louisiana graduation rates are dropping.

The report comes form the "Southern Regional Education Board" in Atlanta.

Out of the 16 states reviewed, Louisiana suffered the largest fall of any state over a five-year time frame.

Graduation rates show a drop from 64 percent in 2002 to 60 percent in 2006.

The national graduation rate for 2006 was 73 percent.

In wake of these findings, the Department of Education wants to cut 50 jobs over the next six months.