Racially diverse schools improve graduation rates

BOSTON (WWLP) — A new state report suggests racial diversity in schools is beneficial for students.

The state's education office released a report that suggests schools that promote racial and social diversity have improved rates of graduation and more students who enroll in college.

For nearly 50 years, METCO Inc has promoted racial integration by sending minority city children to mostly white suburban schools.

For each year since 2006, METCO schools reported graduation rates surpassing 94 percent. Schools that sent or received students also exceeded or equaled graduation rates of other schools in their districts.

According to Dr. Jean McGuire, executive director of METCO Inc., “We have a support system, we work with the parents, we provide tutoring, and we tell kids you get a mark below B get a tutor.”

The state also found that greater percentages of METCO students expressed interest in pursuing post-secondary education than those from Springfield Public Schools.

There are currently about 3,300 students participating in the METCO program, including four school districts outside Springfield.


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