Delaware

Delaware lawmakers look to encourage attendance, lower dropout rate

DOVER, Del. - (AP) - House lawmakers are set to vote on a bill aimed at encouraging teenagers to stay in school and get their high school diplomas.

The bill to be voted on Tuesday requires any student over the age of 16 who wants to leave school prior to graduation to obtain the written consent of a parent or guardian.

The student also would have to attend an exit interview where he or she would be told that dropping out could lead to diminished earning potential and the increased likelihood of unemployment.

The school, meanwhile, would be directed to explore whether there are support services, interventions or programs that might help keep the student enrolled in classes.


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