Florida lawmakers push to increase minimum school dropout age

The Sunshine State is one of 15 states that allows students to drop out of school with a parent's permission at 16-years-old.
By: | November 22, 2021

Florida lawmakers hope to increase the minimum dropout age for children in K-12 schools.

The Sunshine State is one of 15 states that allows students to drop out of school with a parent’s permission at 16-years-old. A new proposed bill would raise the dropout age to 18-years-old.

State House Representative Kevin Chambliss said he believes 16 is too young for a child to leave school even with a parent’s permission.

The latest data from the Department of Education shows Florida’s dropout rate from 2019 to 2020 was 3.1 percent. That is down just slightly from 3.4 percent the year before.

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