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December 3, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Round-up: Record-high grad rates in Tacoma, NYC and LA fail to report restraint incidents

Tacoma celebrates record-high graduation rates (The News Tribune): Once known for being home to several “drop-out factories,” the Tacoma School District celebrated a record-high graduation rate of 78 percent in 2014 — up from 70 percent the year before and 55 percent just four years ago. District officials credited outreach efforts that have targeted struggling students and the willingness of school staff to work with students after-hours and on weekends.

Largest U.S. districts fail to report incidents of student restraint (ProPublica): Public school districts are required to keep track of each time a student is held or tied down and report totals to the federal government each year. But New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago have each reported zero incidents — a figure that even some district officials acknowledge is incorrect.

Teacher reprimanded after telling student to unclog toilet with hands (AP): A veteran teacher in Eastern Washington was reprimanded after reportedly instructing an 8-year-old student to unclog a school toilet with his bare hands.

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