§ 16-70-2 Legislative findings.
It is found and declared as follows:
(1) Rhode Island must continue to develop the educational and vocational skills of its citizens for its continued economic development, prosperity, and for maintaining and improving its quality of life.
(2) The future workforce will be requiring ever higher levels of educational and vocational training in order to maintain the economic prosperity of our state and nation.
(3) The state's school drop-out rate continues to remain at unacceptable levels, precluding substantial numbers of students from pursuing the higher levels of education and vocational training required to achieve desirable employment opportunities.
(4) A comprehensive, long range strategy is essential if this critical problem is to be addressed. This plan will need to incorporate the elements of programs which have demonstrated success in dealing with at-risk youth, including appropriate incentives to encourage and support at-risk youth toward the goal of graduating from school and pursuing higher levels of education and training.
(5) This plan will require the involvement and support of parents, guardians, educators, and the community at large, working closely with at-risk students, and must provide students with a well-organized and directed mentoring program to include intensive orientation and training of these mentors.
(P.L. 1990, ch. 311, § 1.)