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.
| October 27, 2009; 5:27 PM ET
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