Money to help dropouts return to school restored

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A program to re-enroll high school dropouts will receive funding through this year.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A program to re-enroll high school dropouts will receive funding through this year.

Sen. William Delgado was a sponsor of IHOPE last summer. It’s a program that encourages dropouts to get back to school with year-round classes, summer school, evening courses and community college classes.

The Chicago Democrat says funding for the program was in jeopardy, but that Gov. Pat Quinn has ensured money to keep it going.

The Alternative School Network reported 225,000 high school dropouts under age 24 in 2007.

Re-enrolling a dropout saves taxpayers $221,000 during his lifetime because education means increased earnings, more taxes paid, less welfare and health care dependence and fewer incarcerations.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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