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Michigan gets failing grade on high school graduation rates

MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) The State of Michigan has received a failing grade when it comes to making sure students graduate.

Federal education data released on Monday shows that Michigan ranks in the bottom third of states when it comes to graduation rates.

In 2012, 76 percent of students picked up diplomas across Michigan, up one percent from 2011. The national average sits at 80 percent.

Newschannel 3 took a close look at the numbers in West Michigan. Kalamazoo, Battle Creek and Grand Rapids high schools all fall below the national average, while others like Portage graduated nearly all of its students.

Michigan recently pledged $65 million to early education programs, hoping to improve these rates, a number they would like to double next year.

In Kalamazoo the Promise Me campaign has raised $4.5 million for the next three years to make sure students have the services they need to move on to higher education. The goal is to see every student in the district graduate.