On a weekend as nearly 1,600 graduates picked up diplomas from Columbia County public and private schools, there are plenty of reasons to worry that there weren’t as many students graduating as there should have been.
Evidence of those reasons come from the Georgia Department of Education, which this past week released the annual tally of graduation rates for all schools in the state.
Overall, Georgia’s rate increased by two percentage points. That’s progress, but it’s still lower than it should be. At 69.7 percent, that’s a failing grade.