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    Filed at 3:18 am under by dcobranchi

    Kill this bill.

    SB 171 would increase the compulsory attendance age to 17 in 2009 and 18 in 2011. There is an out for HEKs, though– declare them graduated:

    Every parent, guardian or other person in this State having charge or control of a child between the ages of seven and 16 17 years shall cause such child to attend school continuously for a period equal to the time which the public school to which the child is assigned shall be in session. session, until the child graduates from high school.

    Maybe the General Assembly should just raise the CA age to 100. No more dropouts.

    3 Responses to “HEADS UP: NC”

    Comment by
    March 22nd, 2007
    at 8:41 am

    They’re trying to raise the age in Mass., too. I can see how compelling kids who hate school to stay until they’re 18 will make them appreciate school so much more. My guess is that truancy rates will increase in direct proportion to the decrease in drop-out rates. I guess changing schools so that more kids actually want to be there is just too much to ask.

    Comment by
    March 23rd, 2007
    at 5:40 pm

    Actually, this is an improvement. CA used to force kids who’d graduated to stay in school. A wunderkind who graduated from college at age 14 had to go back to high school to fulfill the law.

    Yeah, just declare homeschooled kids to be graduates, and now their in full compliance.

    Comment by
    March 24th, 2007
    at 7:52 pm

    I think that bill is stupid. Sure, keeping kids in school when they already hate being there is sure to fix the problem.

    Until they provide viable alternative to those students, they need to think before they strike.

    Has anyone ever bothered to ask students who exit before graduating *why* they left school?

    Any studies done, Daryl, that you know about?