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PolitiFact rules Charlie Crist on Florida’s graduation rate ‘Mostly True’

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During his State of the State address, Gov. Charlie Crist took time to point out things that have gone well under his watch. One bold claim: “Our graduation rate is the highest it’s ever been.”

Politifact put his statement under a microscope and found it mostly true:

“Under the 1998 rubric, Florida’s graduation rate has steadily increased every year, except for a dip in 2005-06. It rose from 60.2 percent to 78.6 percent in 2008-09 — the highest under that formula.”

Check out the full ruling here.

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