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United Interfaith Action (UIA) To Meet With School Superintendent Bonner on the School Budget and Drop-Out Prevention

United Interfaith Action of Southeastern Massachusetts (UIA)

May 28, 2009

On Wednesday evening, May 27, over 200 members of United Interfaith Action (UIA) will be holding a public meeting with New Bedford school superintendent, Dr. Bonner, to continue to work together with her on school budget issues and UIA’s drop-out prevention proposals.   The meeting will be held at Our Lady of the Assumption Church (47 S. 6th Street in New Bedford).  The meeting will begin at 7 PM.
The first part of the meeting will include a presentation by Dr. Bonner about the school budget and the financial issues facing the New Bedford school district.  Time for questions and answers will follow the budget presentation.
The second part of the meeting will continue UIA’s work with Dr. Bonner on the organization’s education compact with a specific focus on two drop-out prevention proposals. 
The first proposal is for the implementation of an “early warning drop-out indicator system” to identify at-risk students in the 6th and 9th grades.  Research from other cities has shown that such a comprehensive system when combined with an aggressive prevention program can reduce the High School drop-out rate.
The second proposal focuses on increasing the number of students going to college by instituting a pilot program where students at the end of their junior and the beginning of their senior year have an hour a week in school to apply for college.  This proposal is seen as another step toward creating a more educated workforce in the city of New Bedford.
United Interfaith Action is a faith-based community organization with 17 member congregations in New Bedford and Fall River.