Alabama senator wants to raise school dropout age


Republican state Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur is proposing legislation to raise Alabama's school dropout age from 16 to 17.

The increase in age is part of a comprehensive bill that would also require schools to conduct an exit interview with a dropout and a parent or guardian.

The Southern Education Foundation estimates Alabama's dropout rate at 41 percent for 2007. Orr says raising the age for dropping out will bring Alabama in line with a majority of the states.

Alabama is one of 16 states with a dropout age of 16. The other states require either 17 or 18.

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