Should High School dropouts be denied driver's licenses up until they turn 18?

First Northern Bank of Wyoming
38% (175 votes)
58% (263 votes)
4% (17 votes)
Total votes: 455

No Child Left Behind

This issue goes further than incentives to remain in school. We (the public) could have stopped this years ago when we allowed the Federal government to pass the No Child Left Behind legislation. Unfunded mandates from the Federal government that specify that schools must maintain a certain drop out rate or better. (Which SHS did not meet last year.) Yet, the legislation does not consider situations like those posted here by successful students who earned their GED.
The state should not limit drivers licenses because it is already too involved in the process. Rather than mandating new responsibilities to teachers or penalties for students, they should put those resources into to helping parents. The problem starts at home with parents that drop their kids off at school and expect them to learn without taking an active role in their education. Then, when the student fails to complete assignments or fails a subject, they blame the teachers when they don't even know what their child is supposed to be learning.
Support and teaching must also come from the home and is the responsibility we took upon ourselves when we chose to have children. Maybe more parents should live up to it and we wouldn't be having this discussion.

Totally agree

No child left behind was a monument to stupidity, and an affront to states rights, might I add passed at the behest of the great G.W.Bush. Wyoming should have stepped up to the plate then and told the federal government to just keep their money. Perhaps not every kid should graduate High School?

Call me crazy

FACT:From the age of about 5 years on children spend most of thier time at a school while the parents spend most of thier time at work. Everybody gets home in time to eat and then it is time for bed and maybe some homework. Normal routine for the average American family.
When both parents are working, home schooling is not an option, so off to school the kids go. Now this is where it gets tricky.

Are students spending more time with thier piers and teachers then they do with there own families? Do parents spend more time at work to support thier families then they do with thier own childrern? Do the teachers have a moral obligation for the physical, mental and emotional security of the student? It takes a village to raise a child.

Maybe educators should be put to the test and if they do not meet higher standards of learning or teaching, they should be offered an opportunity to be retrained or seek another profession.

What came first? the chicken or the egg? We would not be having this discussion if the teacher were up to par?


This is why I think they should do away with tenure. It is nearly impossible to get rid of a teacher after 3 years(maybe 2, can't remember for sure) whether they are good or bad.

compulsory attendance

Per state law: compulsory attendance (21-4-102) sixteenth birthday or completed the tenth grade.

If Craig Dougherty wants kids to stay in school maybe he should work on changing this law rather than creating new ones that do not seem like they would be easy to enforce.

Just raise the compulsory attendance age to 18 or completion of 12th Grade. Simple solution!

Work with the laws you have and improve them don't create new unnecessary laws.

No, I don't think they should.

What happens to the kid that is being picked on all the time and no one is doing anything about it? He drops out of school because of it. Then they make him stay there, He ends up killing himself or God forbid someone else because of it. Then who do you blame, The school, The kid, The state? What about the kid that has to get a job to help support his family. Is it fair to take his license,No.

Why are they dropping out?

Is anyone asking these students why they are dropping out of school? Is much effort being put into what can be done to help them stay in school? Are they being offered only academic courses rather than courses to prepare them for a trade if that is their interest and/or ability? If every effort has been made to help these students and they still choose to drop out, wouldn't it be more of an incentive to stay in school if they weren't able to collect welfare payments?

I say let them keep their

I say let them keep their licenses. Lets create a new tax law to levy against a teens rate of pay until they are age 18, to offset the issues that they may created by dropping out... Isn't that the American way? If we can't restrict their rights, then tax them to death? The illusion is that driving is a privilege.. We license drivers to help fill the gap for people who don’t want to learn the rules of the road on their own. The state has to spoon feed them by making them take a minimum competency test. I voted no. Government needs to re learn, that it is their job is to play a minimal role in interfering with people’s lives.

Being in High school...

Right now I am a junior in high school, and as many may well know, driving is pretty important and plays an active role in both the lives of adults, and teenagers. By bumping up the age to drive for dropouts, it would only further limit their activity, causing them to be unproductive. I don't know what I would do if I didn't have a car, and just ask yourself that question, "How would I get around without a car?" Also, some reasons exist that may cause a high school kid to drop out, and in many of these very serious situations, a car and driver's license is required for critical reasons. Finally, the sad fact of the matter is: if you take away their driver's license that doesn't mean you take away their ability to drive, you just make it illegal to do so. Many will still continue driving, just as they always had, and some will end up in more trouble then they wish because of it.
Thanks for reading.

Thanks for reading.

Well written. I appreciate

Well written. I appreciate your comment with tact and valid points. thank you.

some states people can't

some states people can't drive until they're 18 anyways, unless it is for school. If they are not going to school and not working; no license.


Why on Earth would the state want to meddle further in peoples lives and can our state really afford to enforce this? Mind your own business traditional school isn't for everyone. I dropped out of public school in 8th grade and got my GED and then graduated college without remedial classes with a 4.0. If I had been denied a drivers license because I was bored stiff with the repetitive drivel I was being exposed to in school how would I have gotten to work all those years I was a "drop-out"?

me too

I also dropped out of the public school system in Sheridan, and got a GED. I'm currently enrolled in a University in another State w/ a 3.7 GPA.

Big Government

I think most people have had it with big government, that includes big state government too. Perhaps these people could find ways to decrease our taxes and balance their own budgets instead if constantly bothering the people who pay the bills with more nuisance laws.