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?
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
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 home-rule petition sponsored by Councilors Connolly and Jackson 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.]
The discussion was to increase the dropout age to 18 during a public hearing on Tuesday.
- Alix Roy
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Villa Victoria residents offered heartfelt testimony at a City Council hearing on Tuesday to discuss raising the high school dropout age from 16 to 18, saying the current law makes it too easy for kids to hang out on the streets causing trouble. “If you don’t have a kid in school, and they’re not old enough to get a proper job, what are they doing?” said Villa Victoria resident Shemika Carriere. “They’re staying home, they’re on the streets, they’re not doing anything. They’re just getting into trouble.” At-Large District Councilor John Connolly and District 7 City Councilor Tito Jackson filed a motion in May to raise the dropout age for Boston Public School students to 18, and are in the process of filing a home rule petition with the …