SC Lawmakers Look to Raise Dropout Age

March 8, 2018, 9:02 am EST | Share:

COLUMBIA, SC (WTAT-TV) — Raising the legal high school drop out age is now on the agenda for state lawmakers.

That measure would force students to remain in school until they turn 18-years-old. Not doing so could lead to legal actions.

Right now public school students are allowed to drop out at 17.

The bill sponsor says by raising the legal age limit dropouts are at least old enough to enter job training programs.

“By passing this legislation, what we have done is level the playing field and hopefully done something positive in trying to ensure that a child has another path to obtain their high school credentials,” said Rep. Jerry Govan.

That bill has yet to receive approval from the House Education Public Works Committee before it heads to the house floor.