The U. S. Department of Education has just released information on state-by-state graduation rates and from 2012-2013 to 2013-2014 Alabama had the second largest increase in the nation.

The state jumped from 80 percent to 86.3 percent.  Only Delaware, with a 6.6 percent increase, did better.  Others in the top five were Oregon, West Virginia and Illinois.  This is the highest graduation rate in Alabama’s history.

You can read more here.

More good news is that the rate for African-American students jumped 10.1 percent, while economically disadvantaged students improved 9.7 percent.

The lowest rate in the country is the Washington D.C. system with only 61.4 percent.

The irony in this is that the former chancellor of Washington schools is Michelle Rhee, who resigned her position to create an advocacy group called StudentsFirst.  If you check the web site of the state Ethics Commission, you find that StudentsFirst, based in Sacramento, CA has 10 lobbyists registered in Alabama.   Plus, they also spent $200,000 in 2014 on Alabama legislative and school board campaigns.

Why are we looking for answers from the lady who once ran the worst school system in the country?   Something wrong with that picture.