Dania DeLone’s oldest child was born in 2004, when she was 15 and a sophomore at Lincoln Southeast High School.
“It was important for me to finish school, yet at the same time I wanted to take care of my new baby girl,” DeLone told the Legislature’s Education Committee Monday afternoon.
She was ill during her pregnancy, and spent half her time in the nurse’s office. She was trying her hardest to get to school every morning, but attendance became an issue. And if she got kicked out, she wondered how she would manage to go to college, have a career, and provide the essentials for her family.
One day her counselor told her she should drop out, she said. That just made her more serious about succeeding, attending all her classes and getting good…