Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: February 28, 2011
Sen. John Ford
Senate approves legislation to improve graduation rates
The state Senate on Monday approved legislation designed to ensure
more Oklahoma high school students earn their diplomas.
“If we’re serious about growing our economy, we have
to find a way to keep more of our students in school and on track
for graduation,” said Sen. John
Ford, R-Bartlesville. “I don’t believe we can expect
improved results without raising expectations. This is a vital part
of our effort to strengthen our schools and give our students a
better chance for success.”
Senate Bill 2, authored by Ford, would create a formula for schools
to set new graduation targets. The measure establishes a target
of 20 percent improvement in graduation rates over a two-year period.
Schools meeting the target would be recognized as ‘notable’
schools, while schools falling short of the target would be required
to work with the Department of Education on a plan to improve graduation
According to the Alliance for Excellent Education, nearly 14,400
Oklahoma high school students failed to graduate in 2010. The same
organization estimates the lost lifetime earnings in Oklahoma for
that group to be over $3.7 billion.
“We owe it to our students to give them the best possible
chance at a successful life,” Ford said. “It’s
time for Oklahoma to take the steps necessary to place more students
on the path to graduation.”
SB 2 now moves to the House for further consideration.
For more information contact:
Sen. Ford: (405) 521-5634