Richardville introduces bill to return dropout age to 16
LANSING — Sen. Randy Richardville introduced legislation Tuesday that would lower the dropout age for students in Michigan schools.
“Requiring older students to remain in school when they don’t want to be there can cause disruptions to teachers and those that want to learn,” said Richardville, R-Monroe. “There are alternative educational opportunities available for these students that may better fit their needs.”
Senate Bill 1076 would require a student to stay in school until he or she turns 16 by amending a new law that increased the dropout age from 16 to 18.
“As the husband of a public school educator, I understand the importance of providing an environment for students to learn and teachers to teach,” Richardville said. “Forcing students to stay in school when they do not want to be there fails to provide an appropriate learning environment.”
The bill will now go to the Senate Education Committee for consideration.
Posted: Wednesday, January 20, 2010
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