Increasing dropout age a smart move for all involved

Published 11:08 pm Friday, May 15, 2009

The economic world we all live in is increasingly difficult. Those with years of experience and glistening resumes are finding it difficult to find work.

So ask yourself this: if it is difficult for some of the brightest and more experienced among us to find work, just how difficult will it be for you without a high school diploma?

Just days before high school graduations in our area begin, the Alabama Legislature approved a measure rising the minimum age to drop out to 17 years old. The bill’s sponsors hope the extra year of “experience” will force a young man or woman to make the right decision and at least complete their high school education.

We applaud the efforts of legislators getting this bill passed, and we continue to pray for and encourage our educators working to keep our kids in school.