Superintendent Wants Graduation Mandate

Superintendent Craig Dougherty of District 2 in Sheridan said a recent meeting with state legislators was important because he had a chance to discuss upcoming bills that could effect education.

During the meeting, the school officials urged the county's legislators to pass laws mandating that Wyoming students remain in school until they're 18 or graduate from high school, which ever comes first, and to revoke driver's licenses for students that quit.

The superintendent called a high school diploma a gateway to life because without the earned document, he said, a student is relegated to a life of poverty or public assistance.

Also at Monday's meeting, school officials urged legislators to pass a bill modeled after Colorado's Bullying Prevention Law, which would update the definition of bullying to include use of the Internet or other electronic devices.

The bill would also classify some acts of bullying as harassment under federal law, if the bullying is based on issues like race, color, gender, disability or national origin.

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