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Minn. high school graduation rate up but racial gaps persist

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Kennedy graduates toss their caps into the air.
John F. Kennedy High School graduates tossed their caps in the air at the end of commencement exercises in 2016.
Evan Frost | MPR News 2016

The Minnesota Department of Education said Tuesday that 83.2 percent of high school seniors graduated in 2018. It's the state's highest graduation rate on record, up one-half of a percentage point from 2017. 

Still, major disparities remained between white students and students of color. 

While those gaps narrowed, they were still wide,  data released by the Education Department show.