Lightford measure aims to keep re-enrolled dropouts in school

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SPRINGFIELD | Re-enrolled dropouts could receive more resources under legislation steered by Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) that was approved in the Senate.

School districts with a high dropout rate would receive more funding for each student that was dropped from enrollment rolls for at least one month and was re-enrolled into an evidence-based and best practices program for high school dropouts.

“We are addressing the reality that educators need resources to keep at-risk students in the classroom,” Lightford said. “If our goal is to get these students back on track, they need to be placed in programs tailored to their needs.”

Senate Bill 446 provides an incentive weighting of two times the foundation level of support for each re-enrolled high school dropout for districts with two times the state high school dropout rate.

 The measure now moves to the House.

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