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Education Week highlights turnaround at Boca Ciega High School

By Lorri Helfand
A national educational magazine took notice of rising African American graduation rates at Boca Ciega High School. The writer from Education Week visited the school during its “Let Them Eat Cake” event, which celebrates graduating seniors plans to attend college, trade schools or the the military, or continue workforce education. The article, titled Portraits of an Urban School Turnaround highlights Principal Michael Vigue’s efforts to change the school culture and graduating seniors’ plans for the future.
The district has also seen gains in its African American graduation rate overall. Since 2011, Pinellas County Schools black graduation rate has increased 17.5 percentage points.