H.423 An Act enhancing the educational outcomes of expectant and parenting students

Type:  Education 

All young people in Massachusetts deserve equitable access to a quality education. When we offer tailored supports to students who face added obstacles, communities across the Commonwealth benefit. Currently, insufficient supports are resulting in poor outcomes: 26% of young people who drop out each year in the U.S. report teen pregnancy as a leading reason why they left school.  This bill will establish the expectant and parenting student liaison model in schools with grades 7 or higher in municipalities with the highest numbers or percentages of parenting students. Liaisons work with students to create individualized graduation plans and link them to supports that promote academic success. It will also require the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to track and report on the academic success of the known number of students in each district who are parents (this is a refile of H.525).