Dropout Prevention Toolkit
Dropout prevention and at-risk program funding aims to establish programs that not only keep students in school, but progressing, with the goal of all students completing school. These goals are shared by everyone who serves students; however, there is an inequity in funding among districts that must be addressed to ensure all students are given a fair chance to complete their education. In 2013, the legislature created a per pupil inequity by capping some districts below the 5% maximum cap for dropout prevention funds, which means there are currently 199 districts capped below the 5% maximum. Now is the time to ask your legislators to remove this inequity to provide additional resources for at-risk students.
New Episode of Capitol Chats!
We answer all your questions on dropout prevention funding: why there's
an inequity in funding, why the funding is so important, what you can
accomplish with adequate funding, and how to start advocating.
Equity is our goal in all areas of school finance. All students deserve equitable funding, regardless of which school district they attend, especially those students who may not finish school without the extra services provided by a strong dropout prevention program. Allowing districts to reach the 5% cap is essential to achieving this goal.
Student needs in the area of dropout prevention have likely increased as a result of the pandemic.
We will see more students qualify as at-risk of leaving school, and districts will need additional funds to adequately serve all students.
Districts need additional resources to provide robust dropout prevention programs.
Successful dropout prevention programs require staff, like counselors and dedicated teachers, as well as classes that connect schoolwork with college and career success.