ALBANY, N.Y. Jan. 30, 2019 — New York State United Teachers today lauded the hard work of public educators across New York as the state announced that the graduation rate for students statewide has increased yet again, to 80.4 percent. At the same time, the achievement gap between the graduation rates for African-American and Hispanic students and white students has dropped below 20 percent for the first time.
NYSUT continues to advocate for greater investments in state education to maintain this progress and help more of our students attain a diploma.
“Increased graduation rates across the state show that when we invest in our schools, we are investing in our students and their future,” said NYSUT President Andy Pallotta. “Full funding of our schools is an investment not just in the short-term outcomes of our students, but in the long-term future of our entire state. We will continue working closely with state decision makers to ensure teachers have access to the resources that will lead to higher graduation rates again in the coming year.”
New York State United Teachers is a statewide union with more than 600,000 members in education, human services and health care. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.