State Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz responded to the headline in the Boston Globe on the bill and testimony offered at the October 8 dropout prevention hearing: "While the provision to raise the compulsory attendance age to 18 is the most publicized component of the bill, it is also the provision that least addresses the root causes of students abandoning school.
Boston’s Youth Transitions Task Force and Multi-Cultural Dropout Outreach Collaborative are organizing support for bills introduced by Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz and Representative Jennifer Benson. The bills will raise the legal dropout age in phases from 16 to 18, and will fund dropout prevention and recovery activities. Hearing will be held in the Massachusetts State House, Gardner Auditorium.
At its 2013 Annual Meeting, the Boston Private Industry Council honored 18 "PIC Achievers." These awards are given to those who exemplify the PIC's mission of connecting the youth and adults of Boston to the mainstream economy through education and employment.