Gov. Lynch Applauds Senate for Passing Legislation Aimed at Increasing NH ' s Graduation Rate

From The Office of Governor John Lynch

CONCORD - Gov. John Lynch today applauded the state Senate for its strong vote in support of legislation aimed at increasing New Hampshire ' s high school graduation rate. The legislation will now go to the House.

" Last year, an estimated 2,300 New Hampshire students dropped out of high school. Without a high school diploma, those young people are not going to have the opportunities they deserve, and our state will not have the educated workforce it needs to thrive, " Gov. Lynch said. " This legislation sends our young people a clear message that we are not going to give up on them or let them give up on themselves.

" By raising the compulsory attendance age, we are setting a goal of ensuring a high school diploma for every student of our state - and setting a deadline to meet that goal, " Gov. Lynch said. " I thank the state Senate for supporting this important legislation. "

As part of an overall statewide strategy to increase New Hampshire ' s high school graduation rate, Gov. Lynch, and a bipartisan coalition of legislators, proposed the legislation increasing New Hampshire ' s compulsory attendance age from 16 to 18.

The legislation would go into effect in the 2008-2009 school year.

Gov. John Lynch recently brought 250 people together - including educators, business people, community leaders, law enforcement and elected officials - for a statewide summit in Concord to discuss strategies for not only keeping New Hampshire ' s young people in school, but making them want to be in school. The Department of Education is writing a report on the recommendations of the summit, which will be used to help implement additional measures to help young people stay in school.