SB 268, Drop Out Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 11, 2006

Contact: Sharon Carson

LAWMAKERS: “CAPTIVATE,DON’T KEEP CAPTIVE”

HOUSE TO VOTE ON DROP-OUT BILL WEDNESDAY

Concord, NH – In preparation of what is expected to be a tight vote in the House tomorrow, NH lawmakers today announced their opposition to SB268—a bill to increase the drop-out age in NH from 16 to 18. Sharon Carson ( R, Londonderry ) called the flawed because it has expectations that can not be accommodated by the resources of the schools. “We aren’t able to properly educate or intrigue all of our kids in school, so some leave. Our Governor’s solution? Force them to stay.” Carson continued,“We should captivate our students, not keep them captive.” Lawmakers criticized the bill as a weak solution to a significant problem. “Let’s improve the education within the classroom. Through Real World Learning, charter opportunities and hands on education, let’s engage our students, not chain them to desks,” said Rep. Jim Coburn , (R, Windham ).

“Many would agree that there are problems with our education system, especially for those students that would drop out at the age of 16, this bill however addresses the symptoms without solving the problems”. Said Cliff Newton, (R, Rochester, Education Comm. Member).

The bill will appear before the full House for a vote tomorrow. The public is urged to contact his or her Representative to ask for a no vote on the SB 268.

Information on individual lawmakers can be found at http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/house/default.html