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By Jason Butkowski | February 7th, 2013 - 4:46pm
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RICE-TURNER BILL TO HELP KEEP KIDS IN SCHOOL RECEIVES SENATE APPROVAL

Measure Would Create Office to Focus on Dropout Prevention, Help Reengage Out-of-School Youth

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senators Ronald L. Rice and Shirley K. Turner which would focus State resources on reducing the student dropout rate and helping to make it easier for out-of-school minors to reengage with school was approved by the Senate today by a vote of 34-1.

“In New Jersey’s urban core, the dropout rate among public school students – particularly minority students – is reaching epidemic proportions,” said Senator Rice, D-Essex. “Through our State’s Constitution, we have guaranteed that every student, regardless of race, creed or color, receive a ‘thorough and efficient’ education and a chance to succeed in our society. Unless we’re willing to look at the underlying socio-economic factors that contribute to the rising dropout rate, we’re failing to live up to our responsibilities to the Constitution and to the kids in our communities.”

Click here to read the rest of Senator Rice's and Senator Turner's news release.

 

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Jason Butkowski
New Jersey Senate Democratic Office
Tel: (609) 847-3700
E-Mail: jbutkowski@njleg.org
Web: www.njsendems.com

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