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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools set graduation mark

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has set a new high for high school graduation in 2014, topping the mark it reached last year.

The Charlotte Observer reports (http://bit.ly/1A6szLg) the district's rate reached 85.2 percent, the fifth straight year of increases. In 2013, the rate was 81 percent.

North Carolina's second largest school system has now increased its graduation rate by more than 15 percentage points over the last five years. More than half of the district's high schools now have a graduation rate above 90 percent.

In addition, the disparity in graduation rates between white and black students tightened, but still persists. The graduation rate for white students hit 93 percent in 2014, compared with 82.5 percent for black students. That compares with the 91.1 percent and 76.6 percent spread last year.

Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com

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