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Wake County to hold summit on raising high school graduation rate

Graduate Kenzie Mayhew celebrates after getting her diploma at Broughton High School graduation ceremonies held at the school in Raleigh on June 8, 2015. The Wake County school system is sponsoring a GradNation Community Summit on April 29 in Raleigh to discuss ways to raise the district’s graduation rate.
Graduate Kenzie Mayhew celebrates after getting her diploma at Broughton High School graduation ceremonies held at the school in Raleigh on June 8, 2015. The Wake County school system is sponsoring a GradNation Community Summit on April 29 in Raleigh to discuss ways to raise the district’s graduation rate. cseward@newsobserver.com

The Wake County school system is urging the community to attend a free all-day forum on April 29 to discuss ways to raise the high school graduation rate and prepare students for college.

Wake County is among 100 communities across the nation picked to host a GradNation Community Summit, where participants will identify gaps in access to college and career readiness resources and develop a plan to address those gaps. The forum comes as the Wake County school system tries to reach the goal of having a 95-percent graduation rate by 2020. It’s now 86.1 percent.

The forum is scheduled to run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton- Brownstone, 1707 Hillsborough St. in Raleigh. Seats are limited so people are urged to go to http://bit.ly/1VVXCbd to secure their seat and lunch reservation.

The summit is organized by the Wake school system, YouthThrive and the Raleigh College and Community Collaborative. The summit is expected to bring together businesses, civic organizations, non-profits, local governments, higher education institutions, faith-based organizations, parents and young people.

The summits are part of the GradNation campaign launched by America’s Promise Alliance. One of the campaign’s goals is to raise the nation’s graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020. It’s now at 82 percent.

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