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The Ensuring Success in School Act

Promoting School Success and Safety of Young People Who Are Parents, Expectant Parents, or Victims of Domestic or Sexual Violence

By Wendy Pollack, Aleeza Strubel & Jennifer Lee

Young people who are parents, expectant parents, or victims of domestic or sexual violence face particular barriers to completing their high school education. Legislation that advocates are promoting in Illinois--the Ensuring Success in School Act, or ESSA--would require schools and school districts to act to remove these barriers. The legislation would require schools to recognize, rather than punish, students for fulfilling their parenting obligations and to recognize the safety needs of student victims of domestic or sexual violence.

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