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Low graduation rates will drop schools out of March Madness

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Bench Bracket. Low graduation rates will drop schools out of March Madness

Fans of the university of Connecticut men's basketball team, please note: if this is the last March Madness for your Huskies for a while, you'll be wishing Secretary of Education Arne Duncan hadn't grown up dribbling on the streets of Chicago. The NCAA passed a rule in October requiring teams to essentially be on track to graduate 50% of their players or lose eligibility for postseason play. Because of UConn's especially low academic progress rate, a complex NCAA metric of more than just graduation stats, the defending national champions aren't invited to next year's big dance.

Duncan, a former hoopster from...

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