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Illinois Advocates Promote School Success and Safety for Young People Who Are Expectant Parents, Parents, or Victims of Domestic or Sexual Violence

By Aleeza Strubel & Wendy Pollack

A neglected aspect of the alarming school dropout and push-out trend is the difficulty that young people who are expectant parents, parents, or the victims of domestic violence encounter as they struggle to remain in school. Advocating on their behalf, the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, in coalition with other organizations, has drafted for the Illinois General Assembly the Ensuring Success in School Act to recognize, among others, the right of such students to complete school.

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