That’s the central finding of a post of mine on Tiverton Fact Check:
Tiverton’s four-year graduation rate (that is, the percentage of students who graduate in the typical four years) was 85.5% in 2017, whereas the average suburban high school managed 90.8%. Tiverton was down from 89.1% the prior year. Nearby Portsmouth and Middletown beat the 2017 suburban average by healthy margins, with 96.7% and 93.8%, respectively.
The picture becomes more bleak if we look just at a population that’s been struggling in recent years: boys. In Tiverton, one in five high school boys (81.7%) did not graduate within four years. For the average suburban school, it was closer to one in 10. Portsmouth was second best in the state, with only about one in 35 boys failing to graduate on time.
And yet, I haven’t seen a single letter to the editor taking the school committee or administration to task for this.
We have a curious political dynamic in town — one that’s probably the same pretty much throughout Rhode Island: Work to give voters lower-tax options, and anything and everything can and will be said about you, often by parents who think they’re defending their children. Preside over the lowest non-city four-year graduation rate in the state, and the silence probably means you’ll coast to reelection.