ARI Student Senate Supports POWER+ Plan

Representing 17 school districts in eastern Kentucky, the Student Senate of the Appalachian Renaissance Initiative (ARI) passed a resolution in support of the federal POWER+ Plan on Dec. 2, 2015. At the Whitesburg City Hall press conference, the high school juniors and seniors cited laid off family members and neighbors in need as reasons for supporting the plan, adding that young people want to participate in planning the future and to have their voices heard. The POWER+ Plan is a White House budget proposal that would make available $1 billion for land reclamation, $55 million for job training, and strengthen health care and pension plans for retired UMWA miners. The ARI Student Senate is part of the Race To The Top Grant received by the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) to provide innovative, high-quality education to all of the region’s school children.Stacy

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