Gov signs Theis bill to continue Dropout Recovery Program

LANSING, Mich. — Legislation sponsored by Sen. Lana Theis to continue the state’s Dropout Recovery Program was recently signed into law by the governor.

The program is utilized by public school districts throughout Michigan to assist students with completing their high school degree after dropping out of school. Senate Bills 650 and 651 extend the sunset of the program and add reporting requirements for the state to evaluate the program’s achievements and challenges.

“The Dropout Recovery Program helps achieve our goal of preparing all students for future success,” said Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee Chairwoman Lana Theis, R-Brighton. “I am thankful the governor signed this important legislation to keep the program going and help more students earn a high school diploma along with obtaining employment, while also saving school districts money.”

The Dropout Recovery Program was created in 2012 to allow school districts to identify students who dropped out of high school and enroll them in a specialized program with students from other participating districts to complete the courses needed to graduate. Districts may partner together to meet the needs of students who have faced challenges in the classroom, while sharing the cost to run the program.

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