W.Va. Lawmakers Nix School Age Hike As Dropout Fix

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- Legislation targeting West Virginia's estimated 17 percent dropout rate no longer raises the compulsory school attendance age to 17.

The senate finance committee removed that provision from a bill Thursday before endorsing the rest of its approach to the dropout problem.

The house-passed measure proposes new programs for disruptive students, those with drug problems and for career and technical-bound students needing help with core coursework.

It also limits the number of unexcused absences allowed.

Sen. Roman Prezioso led the committee to remove the age provision.

The Harrison County democrat and educator said the bill's various programs should first be given a chance to get off the ground.

The full senate is scheduled to vote on the bill Saturday.

(Copyright 2010 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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  • by ViennaGuy Location: Vienna on Mar 12, 2010 at 05:31 PM
    It's great to hear that the Legislature was smart enough to drop the 'age fix,' which doesn't actually fix anything. Fresh thinking such as programs for disruptive or technical school-bound students will help, but reducing the dropout problem starts in the home with parents who take an active role in their kids' lives and education. Kids don't have any reason to care if the parents don't care. Schools can only do so much.
  • by say what on Mar 12, 2010 at 02:54 PM
    want to fix the drop out problem. start teaching them what they actually need to know, treat them like young adults instead of like nothings. get teachers who have moved onto this century instead of thinking it is still the 1800;s. same goes for the b.o.e. memebers. make school interesting. get proactive teachers instead of ones who are just putting in their time.
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