Friday, December 11, 2015

Raise SC Dropout Age Only If Present Age Enforced

The proposal sounds good. Why not raise the high school dropout age to 18? Then these now-designated adults (who can vote and have other legal rights) can make their own decisions regarding finishing high school. Mark Epstein, former CCSD guidance counselor and basketball coach, is leading a statewide push to do just that.

But wait. 

Does the Charleston County School District actually enforce the present dropout age of 17? Shouldn't we know if that age is enforceable? Does the district have the resources to track down 16-year-old truants and get them back to school? What does the record show?

Let's not put the cart before the horse. We need facts, not just good feelings.

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