SC lawmakers propose raising minimum dropout age

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina lawmakers are making another attempt to cut the state’s high school dropout rate. A bill to be considered by General Assembly this year would raise the minimum dropout age from 17 to age 18.

Local media outlets report that lawmakers and supporters of the bill held a news conference in Charleston on Wednesday to draw public attention to the effort.

State Rep. Jenny Horne of Summerville says she thinks the bill will have bipartisan support in Columbia.

A previous effort to raise the dropout age died in a legislative committee. But supporters say drawing more public attention to the issue should help the new bill’s chances of becoming law.

Five members of the House are co-sponsoring the bill.

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