As we toast graduations around the valley this time of year, a curious and nagging fact continues to foul the celebratory punch bowl: The number of District 51 graduates obtaining any kind of post-secondary education lags the national average by 20 percent.

District 51 grads going to four-year college, getting an associates degree, obtaining a vocational/technical certification or even going to beauty school has fallen to 50 percent (actually up from 47 percent last year). The national average is almost 70 percent for those same post-secondary endeavors.

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