Conn. bill awards diplomas to World War II workers

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A bill before the Connecticut General Assembly would allow local school boards to award high school diplomas to workers who didn't graduate because they were assisting with the war effort during World War II.

Stafford Springs Rep. Penny Bacchiochi (Bah-kee-AH'-kee) said she expects mostly women will be affected by the legislation, which she dubbed the "Rosie the Riveter Bill."

The legislation allows local and regional school boards to award a diploma to any person who withdrew from high school prior to graduation to work in a job that helped with the war, from Dec. 7, 1941 to Dec. 31, 1946. Recipients must be residents of Connecticut for at least 50 consecutive years.

The bill unanimously passed the House on Thursday and moves to the Senate for further action.


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