Akron University President Says Nation In Educational Crisis

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - University of Akron President Luis Proenza said that the crisis in education in this country threatens the nation's economic standing and security.

He said in a speech in Akron on Monday that the situation is so dire that a Marshall Plan-type remedy might be necessary. The Marshall plan was a massive U.S. investment that put Europe back on its feet after World War Two.

Proenza said that the United States, which was the first nation to have compulsory high school education, now trails 22 other countries in the percentage of students that complete a secondary education.

He noted that the graduation rates at Ohio's urban high schools are abysmally low and the state ranks 41st in the proportion of college graduates.

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