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Oklahoma State Senate
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Oklahoma City, OK 73105


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For Immediate Release: March 1, 2007

Senators Gratified with New Vote on Dropout Prevention Bill

Two lawmakers who co-authored a measure on behalf of Gov. Brad Henry to keep teens in school until they graduate say they are gratified that the full Senate has now approved that measure. Sen. Kathleen Wilcoxson and Sen. Kenneth Corn agreed that passage of SB 519 sends an important message.

“This says that we cannot afford to lose a single child—that we understand how important it is to keep them in school and make sure they earn their high school diploma,” said Sen. Wilcoxson, R-Oklahoma City.

The measure had initially failed on Wednesday, but Corn held the bill on a motion to reconsider, giving Senators another chance to vote on the issue. That opportunity came on Thursday, and the Senate then approved the bill, 31-14.

“If we really want the best future possible for our young people and for our state, we’ve got to make sure we do everything in our power to keep kids in school until they graduate,” said Corn, D-Poteau. “We’re
extremely pleased that the full Senate agrees.”

SB 519 was part of an education initiative proposed by Gov. Henry for the 2007 session. He has also proposed additional funding for programs to help students at risk for dropping out of school.

The measure now heads to the House for committee consideration.

For more information contact:
Senator Wilcoxson's Office - (405) 521-5618
Senator Corn's Office - (405) 521-5576

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