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.
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