Trustee Looks to Raise School Dropout Age

Trustee Looks to Raise School Dropout Age

Sheridan County School District #2 trustee, Richard Bridger, has started an initiative to change the Wyoming state law regarding the age a student can legally drop out of school.

Currently, the law provides for students to elect to quit school at the age of 16. Bridger is hoping to raise the legal dropout age to 18 or high school graduation, whichever comes first.

The rest of the district's board of trustees unanimously supported Bridger's initiative, which will be brought to the Wyoming School Boards Association for formal adoption. Bridger is now seeking Wyoming legislators to introduce the measure in both the state House and Senate.

Bridger said the measure will probably dramatically decrease dropout rates.

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