Speaking of the president’s call last night to keep students in school until age 18: A bill will be introduced today in the Georgia General Assembly to raise Georgia’s legal threshold to quit high school from age 16 to 17.
There have been failed efforts in the past to raise the age under the argument that a 16-year-old is not mature enough to make the decision to leave high school. But the bills never went anywhere.
Nationwide, 16 remains the most common age to legally drop out, but 15 states and the District of Columbia require students to stay in school until age 18; nine states require compulsory schooling until age 17.
From State Rep. Rashad Taylor:
Today, State Rep. Rashad Taylor, D-Atlanta, will reintroduce the Dropout Deterrent Act which raises the compulsory attendance age in Georgia to 17. Rep. Taylor reintroduces his legislation following a charge from President Barack Obama for states to raise their compulsory attendance age.
“We must send a message to our young people that the State of Georgia will not give up on them at 16 years old,” said Rep. Taylor.
In 2009, Rep. Taylor introduced HB 634, The Dropout Deterrent Act. HB 634 was referred to the House Education Committee where it never received a hearing. At the request of former Superintendent Kathy Cox, Rep. Taylor served on the Dropout Prevention Task Force working with education leaders to devise strategies to decrease the dropout rate in Georgia