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Connolly, Coppinger Testify About Raising Dropout Age at Joint Committee on Education

Two Boston City Councilors and two Boston state representatives testified about why they feel the high school dropout age should be raised from 16 to 18. What do you think?

Today At-Large Boston City Councilor John Connolly and District 7 City Councilor Tito Jackson, state Rep. Ed Coppinger, D-West Roxbury, and state Rep. Carlos Henriquez, D-Dorchester, testified before the Joint Committee on Education at the State House.

The Councilors and Representatives supported a that would raise the drop-out age in Boston from 16 to 18.

[Editor's note: This item is posted on West Roxbury and Jamaica Plain Patch.]

William Dawes April 11, 2012 at 12:28 PM
School should be entirely voluntary. Any child not interested in obtaining an education should be allowed to drop out. That way, the school would be free of disruptive students, and those interested in learning would be able to get the most out of their education, and teachers would be free of students who require constant discipline. The real question that these legislators should be addressing is - How can we reintroduce the notion of expulsion (and suspension) from school? If teachers could expel students from school, then they would have authority behind their discipline, and students would either need to correct their behavior or face the consequences.

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