[Debbie Cafazzo for the local Tacoma News Tribune](http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/03/01/2494665/tacoma-school-board-raises-goal.html):
>The Tacoma School Board Thursday officially raised the bar for expected graduation rates. Board members said they want the district’s overall graduation rate to hit 85 percent by the year 2020.
They are following the tried and true Olympian mantra of trying for Bronze in an attempt to win Gold… No, wait, that’s not how it works. Is it trying to swim halfway across the pool faster than… No. Actually trying for anything less the finishing first is kind of a waste of time, right?
This is what’s wrong with “boards” — they are so goddamned worried about covering their own asses that they set half-assed goals so that, at the very least, they meet their goals and thus shouldn’t be fired.
The goal should always be: 100% graduation. Seems pretty fucking basic to me. (By the way, they are currently at 68% graduation which is absolutely horrendous.)