School Age Requirement Measure Fails 02/22/10 (audio)
By Eryn Clement
A bill that requires children to attend school until age sixteen rather than eighteen failed today Monday in the House Education committee. Proponents say children shouldn’t be forced to stay in school. In the long run, supporters of the measure say students will resent receiving an education if it's mandated for them to attend school. Opponents disagree. Wade Pogany spoke on behalf of the Department of Education. He says every student is important and the school should send the message that it has high expectations for all students.
“No student is expendable. Sixteen year olds do not have the capability to make life changing decisions about their economics, their welfare and where they’re going,” says Pogany.
Committee members voted nine to five to defer the bill to the 41st day, in essence killing the bill.
Member stations can download the audio file here.