An Ultimatum for Milwaukee

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Wisconsin Gov. Tommy G. Thompson has called for the Milwaukee schools to meet targets in the following four areas by June 2000, threatening a state takeover of the district if the goals are not met.

Area Milwaukee 1996-97 Proposed June 2000 Goals State Average
Attendance rate 84.3 91 94.25
Dropout rate 13.46 9 2.68
Graduation rate 86 90 91.1
3rd grade reading-test scores 68 percent proficient 90 percent of state average 87 percent proficient

Note: Dropout rate reflects the percent of students leaving school between 9th and 12th grades.

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