Bill would help homeless Maine students graduate

Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
The sun shines on the dome at the State House in Augusta in this Feb. 12, 2020, file photo.
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The Education and Cultural Affairs Committee approved of the proposal on Wednesday.
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A proposal designed to improve high school graduation rates in Maine for students who are homeless or in foster care has received the approval of a legislative committee.

Maine’s overall graduation rate in 2018 was a little less than 87 percent, but the rate for homeless youths was less than 58 percent, according to Maine Children’s Alliance data. The graduation rate for youths in foster care was even less at 56 percent.

State Sen. Nate Libby of Lewiston has proposed a bill that would require schools to support students who are experiencing unstable housing, Maine Democrats said. The Democrats said the schools would be able to help the students enroll in courses they most need to graduate. Schools could also apply for a state diploma for students, Democrats said.

The Education and Cultural Affairs Committee approved of the proposal on Wednesday. It now moves on to the full Legislature.

 


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