Salt Lake City Mayor holds Gradnation Summit, a chance to help improve graduation rates

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Parents, teachers, students and education leaders gathered for Mayor Becker’s Gradnation summit a chance to help solve the problem of Utah’s graduation rate of only 71%.

“Today we had parents, we had young people, we had school teachers that were all owning the challenges andopportunities in their community and really beginning to own making a difference. The summit took a look at Utah’s graduation rates and how to provide students with a curriculum that is both interesting and compelling. As well as providing students with the hands-on experience to become successful in their careers,” said Michael Smith, Personal Assistant to President Obama for My Brother’s Keeper.

One particular strategy had high school students working along with middle school students in an activity that would help them transition into high school.

“It’s great to get involved in the community and really teach the younger kids a new way to go about life,” said Jon Wiggins, a high school student.

American’s Promise Alliance was one of the organizations involved at today’s summit. They had set a goal back in 2010 of improving the country’s graduation rate to 90% by 2020. And with these summits occurring all across the nation, it looks like they’re well on their way.


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