In the nation's fifth biggest education spender, 1 in 5 Wyoming students will not graduate

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

For the chairman of the Wyoming Senate Education Committee, high school graduation rates are a matter of fiscal responsibility.

"We're spending a huge amount of money on education, and don't feel like we're getting the results we want," Sen. Hank Coe, R-Cody, said.

Since 2001, the state's four-year high school graduation rate has hovered at around 80 percent, according to the Wyoming Department of Education. This one-in-five dropout statistic has been a troubling talking point for politicians, leaders in education and the media.

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