U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today introduced legislation to help connect young people who have dropped out of school with resources that can help them earn their diploma or GED. The Re-engaging Americans in Serious Education by Uniting Programs Act (RAISE UP) Act would help youth who have dropped out of the system to complete their high school diploma, obtain workforce skills, and secure a career that allows them to support a family.
"A good education opens many doors and is crucial in today's economy," said Senator Stabenow. "When young people drop out of high school, they are too often cast aside without the support network necessary to help them get back on the right track. This bill will strengthen community coalitions and give these young people a second chance at earning a diploma and the ability to compete for good jobs."
Nearly one third of American students never graduate from high school. Over their lifetime, these individuals are estimated to earn $400,000 less than secondary school graduates. Only 37 percent of secondary school dropouts are steadily employed, and those who dropout are more than twice as likely to live in poverty.
The RAISE UP Act strives to maximize current support programs by uniting education, workforce, and youth support services to help students overcome obstacles and succeed once they are back in the classroom. These community partnerships would receive federal funds to unite and strengthen their services and make them more efficient and easier to use.