Chafee signs new school rules into law

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee signed two major pieces of school legislation into law. They're aimed at increasing graduation rates.

Rhode Island law now requires children to attend school until they turn 18, instead of 16-years-old. Supporters say the change will reduce dropout rates by forcing students to remain in school longer.

A second bill creates a special high school for students battling drug and alcohol addiction. This so-called "recovery school" is designed to help students get clean while working toward a diploma. Supporters of "recovery schools" say they provide a second chance to students who suffer from addiction.

The new school will be a pilot program for two years. After that, officials will decide whether it has been successful and should be continued.

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