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Minimum school leaving age nonsense

If you want to be convinced, once again, that politicians usually don't make good education policymakers, go to our education page and look for the "MoCo pushes for new age requirement" link. There you will find my colleague Nelson Hernandez's story on Montgomery County trying to solve what appears to be a uptick in its dropout rate by raising the minimum school leaving age from 16 to 18. As Nelson explains, the data indicate this won't solve the problem. I know of no correlation between different state's school leaving ages and their dropout rates, but office holders think they have to do SOMETHING, so they do, even if it is meaningless.

By Jay Mathews  | October 27, 2009; 5:27 PM ET
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" The parents of dropouts 15 and younger can be charged with a misdemeanor."

Wouldn't there be an increase in the number of parents charged with a misdemeanor if the minimum "leaving age" is increased to 18? I don't have the stats, but it would seem that as a population of teens gets older, the reasons for dropping out become more apparent or at least of a heightened issue.

Truancy, despite any parental attempts to stop it, is much harder to manage at age 17 than 15. Are the courts ready for the increase in misdemeanors? Social services?

Posted by: doglover6 | October 27, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

All that raising the dropout age does is makes kids that wandering the halls and causing problems at 16 stay and wonder the halls until they are 18. All this does is make schools worse for the students that don't drop out.

Posted by: someguy100 | October 28, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

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