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Los Angeles — Fewer students are graduating from Los Angeles Unified high schools and more are dropping out, according to statewide data released Tuesday.

LAUSD officials disputed the multi-year trend portrayed by the state figures, stressing that over the last three years they’ve made steady gains in retaining students.

Still, they also acknowledged that their own single-year figures for 2008-09 were actually worse than the statistics released by the state, with a lower graduation rate and a higher dropout rate.

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