Graduation Rates 

Baldacci says the changes, funded by a $1 million grant, bring 21st Century innovations to high schools in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Rhode Island.

Besides boosting the graduation rate to 90 percent and decreasing the dropout rate to less than 1%, the consortium seeks to bolster college enrollment and see that more students who enter college graduate.

It envisions high schools in which students conduct research in their communities, acquire skills through internships and take online and on-campus college courses.