Every student a graduate
Too many students drop out of school legally, as early as age 16, because they lack the support or do not have access to appropriate educational options. The cost to society for every high school dropout is high. We cannot allow students simply to walk away from school at age 16, and we should not allow districts to walk away from their responsibility to educate those students.
NJEA will support legislation to make school attendance compulsory until age 18 or until a student graduates. To serve students who might otherwise have been dropouts at age 16, schools will face stronger requirements to make appropriate educational programs available, including opportunities at vocational and alternative schools.