A new study shows New York making huge improvements in high school graduation rates. In 2002, 60.5% of students graduated in four years compared to 73.5% in 2009. The double-digit increase is still a few points below the national average at 75.5%. The city has a lot of work to do, with only 59% of students earning a high school diplomas in 2009, but Upstate is still really dumb with graduation rates in many major districts running on the low end of the spectrum: Syracuse 45.9%, Buffalo 53.1%, and Rochester at only 42.1%. (Photo: DaveTheRavingWave/flickr)