Mandatory schooling to age 18?

October 23, 2008 10:52:33 AM PDT
New Jersey teenagers may soon be required to stay in school until they're 18. An Assembly committee on Thursday is considering raising the age of compulsory education in the Garden State from 16 to 18.

Co-sponsor Assembly Democratic Leader Bonnie Watson Coleman says it will help ensure students get an education that sufficiently prepares them to make a living in today's world.

New Jersey has one of the lowest dropout rates in the country, but about 17 percent of students do not graduate.

State law currently requires children between the ages of 6 and 16 to regularly attend school.

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