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More students get diplomas

Graduation rates are up in California but educators don’t want to rest on their laurels.

The California Department of Education released figures that are based on the number of the students who start public high school and the number of students who finish. The 2012 figures show that about eight out of 10 students are graduating.

In the Oxnard Union High School District about 83 percent of all high school students graduate. Oxnard High School Principal Dr. Eric Riegert said he is especially proud of the 2 percent graduation rate-increase among disadvantaged students from low income families. His campus saw an increase among special education students too.

Riegert said his goal is to reach 90 percent He believes every student who moves on to college or a career becomes an asset to their community.

The OUHSD will hold its next graduations on June 14.

To find out more about graduation rates in your area log onto the California Department of Education’s website at:

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