Georgia May Change Drop Out Age

By: Donnitra Gilbert Email
By: Donnitra Gilbert Email

Reports show that many states changed the drop out age to seventeen or eighteen but according to Georgia school officials, 16-year-old students can still drop out of school without any recourse.

According to the US department of education 40 percent of eventual high school dropouts can be identified in the 6th grade and 75 percent can be identified by the 9th grade.

"I think sometimes a 16-year-old may not be old enough to make that decision about his future so if we can have them longer another year to work with them they can get closer to graduation," said Thomas County Central High School Principal Joe Sharp.

School officials said the drop out rate for Thomas County is three percent.


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  • by ANONYMOUS Location: GEORGIA on Mar 20, 2011 at 01:04 PM
    WASTE OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS.
  • by tall Location: tall on Feb 2, 2011 at 12:58 PM
    I think the drop out age should be 18. At 18 they are adults and able to make decisions. Until then they should be required to attend school of some sort. That would give them something to do and help to keep them out of trouble.
  • by Good listener Location: Ga on Feb 2, 2011 at 09:37 AM
    My uncle always told us that success came from good decisions not good luck. It was also my grandfather that had the age put into law. He also arrested his brotherinlaw for not sending his child to school. You can lose everything or have it taken, but you will never have your education taken from you.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 2, 2011 at 05:55 AM
    Just look at ted turner, he quit school to.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 2, 2011 at 05:54 AM
    this is really great. give them another year or two to disrupt the students that are really trying to learn.
  • by bob Location: ga on Feb 2, 2011 at 05:27 AM
    No he doesn't sell drugs....he bought a lottery ticket the day he was released from prison and he got lucky.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 2, 2011 at 05:18 AM
    @ blinky....what's he do, sell drugs?
  • by blinky Location: jasper on Feb 1, 2011 at 06:44 PM
    my mother told me her daddy told her brother he could quit school when he got 16. he was 16 in the 5th grade. hehas plenty of money today.
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