Support high school dropout prevention programs in Passaic County, New Jersey

Support high school dropout prevention programs in Passaic County, New Jersey

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Pawel Kaminski started this petition to State Senator Nellie Pou and

This petition is calling on the support of New Jersey Legislators, to provide funding for high school dropout prevention programs in Passaic County. Passaic County has consistently had one of the highest school dropout rates in New Jersey, which will likely be exasperated by the Covid-19 pandemic. The United Nations Children’s Fund estimates that 24 million students will drop out of school worldwide this school year, directly affecting the most vulnerable cities in America. Passaic city (34%) and Paterson (27%) hold very high dropout rates compared to the state average of 11%, and it is almost certain that these number will rise.

Most of these students are people of color, coming from households making only half of the State of New Jersey’s household median income, and having significantly less access to broadband internet (64%), compared to the state average (84%). In the virtual setting, students are struggling, as technical difficulties, poor internet, and unfit home-schooling environments are hindering the learning process, especially for underprivileged households. There needs to be a safety plan in place to support students that will be pushed towards dropping out a school, as the negative affects of massive dropout numbers is incalculable.

This petition calls for any possible additional support systems in the form of dropout prevention programs, workforce readiness programs, counseling and academic support, subsidized private tutors, subsidized internet for students in low-income households, online GED programs, case management and family support, enhanced and intensive summer school programs. These students need more, as they have been consistently failed in the past, and cannot afford to be failed again.

Please sign this petition to call on the support of New Jersey Senator Nellie Pou of the 35th District and New Jersey Senator Paul A. Sarlo of the 36th District, to provide support for students at risk of dropping out during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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