Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: February 23, 2010
Sen. John Ford
Senate Approves Legislation to Improve Graduation Rates
The full Senate has given approval to a bill designed
to help more Oklahoma students complete high school. Senate Bill
2139 was approved unanimously on Tuesday. Sen. John
Ford, author of the measure, said that currently of 100 students
beginning as freshmen in Oklahoma, on average only 75 complete high
"This is one of those issues that is not about partisan politics,
it's not about urban versus rural--this is an issue that impacts
every community in our state," said Ford, Chairman of the Senate
Education Committee. "I believe today's vote shows we are serious
about addressing this issue."
Ford, who represents Craig, Nowata and Washington counties, said
the bill creates a formula for schools to set new graduation targets.
Those schools would be given two years to meet those goals. Schools
unable to meet their graduation goal will receive assistance from
the State Department of Education to develop and implement a plan
to improve graduation rates.
"Students who fail to complete a high school diploma are rarely
able to climb out of poverty. Finding ways to keep them in school
until they graduate and encourage them to continue their education
in college or career tech can pump literally billions more dollars
into our state's economy over their lifetimes," Ford said.
SB 2139 now moves to the House for further deliberation.
For more information contact:
Sen. Ford: 405-521-5634