Alabama Raises School Dropout Age

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Alabama Legislature has given final approval to a bill raising the school dropout age from 16 to 17.

The bill's sponsor, Republican Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur, says 16 is too young for students to make a decision that will have an enormous impact on the remainder of their lives. He says raising the age one year should provide some maturity and help increase the graduation rate.

His bill, approved Friday, now goes to the governor for signing into law. It would take effect with the upcoming school year.

Earlier in the session, the Legislature created a task force that will make recommendations early next year about how to lower the dropout rate.


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  • by Lane Kelley Location: Luverne, Alabama on Nov 11, 2009 at 01:22 PM
    do you think it would be possible to drop out at 16 if you get your GED right after you drop out. thats my plan and i hope it would work.
  • by FLATHIMA on Jul 30, 2009 at 07:35 AM
    This is great, however what will happen after the law is signed, and goes into effect. The Board of Education will then work on expelling students for any reasons to get them out of the school system. I have been attempting to get my child back into school since January 2009 after she was expelled.
  • by Happy Location: Meridian on May 15, 2009 at 12:45 PM
    That makes a lot of sense. I wish Mississippi law makers would do the same.
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