House Representative

Johnson, Eric

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 08/01/2011

REP. JOHNSON CALLS FOR INTERIM STUDY OF AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS TO REDUCE DROPOUT RATES

STATE REP. ERIC JOHNSON CALLS FOR INTERIM STUDY OF AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS AND THEIR POTENTIAL TO REDUCE DROPOUT RATES

AUSTIN, TX - State Representative Eric Johnson submitted a written request to Joe Straus, Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, to request that the Committee on Public Education study the availability of afterschool programs across Texas and their effectiveness in reducing high school dropout rates. The committee is being asked to examine the availability of afterschool programs in areas with high dropout rates as well as look for early intervention strategies that can be used statewide to improve academic performance and decrease the dropout rate.

"In my district and across our state, our communities are struggling with high dropout rates, reaching crisis levels in many areas, and countless students leave school for the day and end up home alone in front of the television or even worse, getting involved with drugs or gangs," said Johnson. "We need to determine what afterschool programs are producing results in preventing dropouts and to get data about who has access to these programs and who doesn't."

During the recently concluded legislative session Representative Johnson filed House Bill 271 and House Bill 324. These bills, referred to the Committee on Public Education, respectively sought to commission studies of the effectiveness of early intervention programs in elementary and middle schools for preventing students from dropping out when they reach high school and of the availability of afterschool programs in this state and their ability to reduce dropout rates. Due to budget concerns these bills did not proceed out of committee.

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