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
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