Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz
Massachusetts Second Suffolk District
Advocates to Unite in Support of Bill to Confront our Dropout Crisis and Keep Students on a Path to Graduation

BOSTON - Teachers, students, parents, advocates, and elected officials from cities and towns across Massachusetts will speak out in support of S. 185, An Act to Prevent Students from Dropping Out of School on Tuesday, September 27 at 9:45 a.m. in Room B-1 of the State House. While Massachusetts has the best public schools in the nation, these successes are not reaching all of our young people. Each year, more than 8,000 Massachusetts high school students drop out of school, with far-reaching consequences for all of us.

When we ignore our dropout crisis, we slow economic growth and job creation, and undercut our state’s top competitive advantage: our educated workforce. In addition, the average high school dropout in Massachusetts will impose a net fiscal burden of nearly $118,124 on state and federal taxpayers, whereas the average high school graduate will contribute $319,043 over the course of their lifetime—a gap of $437,167.

State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz has introduced S. 185, which will create comprehensive reform by calling on parents, teachers, administrators, community members, and the state to each be a part of the solution of keeping students on a path to graduation. The legislation will be heard by the Joint Committee on Education in Gardner Auditorium on the same day.


WHAT:          Press Conference in Support of S. 185

WHEN:          Tuesday, September 27 at 9:45 a.m.


  • Donnell Brown, Boston Community Academy graduate
  • Amaad Rivera, Springfield City Councilor
  • Pavel Payano, Lawrence School Committee member
  • Jason Williams, Stand for Children Executive Director
  • Michael McDonald, Senior Life Success Coach with the TRUST Project
  • Alice Ball, Worcester parent                       
  • Brandon Finegold, teacher in Boston Public Schools

Conference Emcee: Alejandra St. Guillen, Oíste Executive Director

WHERE:        Massachusetts State House, Room B-1