Florida lawmakers push to increase minimum school dropout age
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.