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Wausau plays key role in graduation summit


PEWAUKEE, Wis. (WSAU) – State education leaders will come up with ways to boost graduation rates in Wisconsin during a summit today in Pewaukee.

The summit comes a day after President Obama unveiled $900 million in federal grants to target struggling schools and keep students from dropping out.

Educators from 46 school districts will attend the summit. Eleven school districts and community organizations, including Wausau, which have had success in raising graduation rates will share their story.

The Wausau school district presenters could not be reached for comment Monday because they were en route to the conference.

More than 1.1 million students drop out of school each year in the United States.

Researchers have been trying to figure out the economic impact of dropouts. They've studied how much less dropouts make because they didn't finish school and what kind of contributions they could have made had they stayed in school.