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School district wrongfully named worst in Arkansas, official maintains

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Superintendent Michael Cox (Source: KAIT-TV) Superintendent Michael Cox (Source: KAIT-TV)

A recently released article named one area school district as the worst in Arkansas.

But, it seems they based their information on old data, an official with that school district said Friday.

An article by 24/7 Wall Street named each state’s worst school district, and Osceola schools were named the worst district in Arkansas.

There were several things the article used to determine the worst schools, such as graduation rate, teachers per student and percentage of adults with a bachelor’s degree.

But, Superintendent Michael Cox said the data listed for Osceola is almost 10 years old.

24/7 Wall Street listed Osceola’s graduation rate at 44.9 percent.

Cox said their graduation rate now is actually 87.9 percent.

Cox said the article displaying data from 2009 is like a slap in the face after all the hard work the teachers and students have put in since then.

“I’ve been superintendent for 24 years, I’ve been through a lot of battles and it doesn’t bother me much this is just another battle,” Cox said. “But I hate it for our students, I hate it for our teachers and faculty, I hate it for the alumni and the citizens of Osceola because they want better and they deserve better and they’re going to have better.”

Cox said he has since contacted the company that published the article and his hope is that they do a retraction to correct the mistake.

The article has already listed corrections for five other states, according to the website.

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