Should the age for mandatory attendance be raised?
The Associated Press reported recently that Montgomery County's school board has made a symbolic push to get the Maryland General Assembly to raise the age a student must stay in school to 18.
Currently, students can drop out at 16 and, the AP reports, only the legislature can change that. But Montgomery County, whose graduation rate has fallen to its lowest level -- 87 percent -- this spring, is hoping to change the tide by voting on a measure last week to make the change to age 18. Most of the students who drop out in the county are 16 and 17 year olds.
Should other school boards take the same stand to encourage the state legislature to pass a bill requiring all students to be in school until 18?