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Despite rising graduation rates, Cloquet alternative school flagged

The Cloquet Area Alternative Education Programs, a small alternative school for grades 6-12 which draws from 12 school districts, made a list of 371 schools that will receive extra support by the state department of education last week. The program’s four-year graduation rate was below 67 percent for all students, triggering the extra support.

Located in Cloquet’s Garfield School, the school ironically reported its highest percentage of graduates last year at 59.4 percent.

According to the state’s Minnesota Report Card for CAAEP, the school had a graduation rate of 33.3 percent in both 2017 an...

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