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Lawmakers Seek To Cut High School Drop Out Rate.

January 7, 1997
By: Tracy Sadeghian
State Capital Bureau

Some Missouri lawmakers propose using a driver's license to keep high schoolers in the classroom. Tracy Sadeghian has the story from the Capital.

If your children are under 18 and they're high school drop outs, they could lose their license under a proposed bill aimed at curbing high school drop out rates.

The Senate Committee on High School Graduation Rates found that nearly 26-percent of Missourians don't walk down the graduation isle.

Committee Chairman..St. Charles County Senator..Ted House says the prospect of losing a driver's license gives kids a huge incentive to stay in school....

Actuality: House
RunTime:
OutCue: "...less money."
Contents: "We know that a person who doesn't graduate from high school has substantially lower opportunities in life, certainly earns a lot less money."

Those who have their G-E-D or are working towards one still qualify for a driver's license.

Reporting from the Capital, I'm Tracy Sadeghian.


Missouri lawmakers want to put a dent in the high school drop out rate. Tracy Sadeghian has the story from the Capital.

A Senate Committe studying drop out rates found that nearly 26-percent of Missouri's high school students don't graduate.

The Committe recommends local school districts tackle the drop out rate problem by adopting programs like day care for teenage parents.

The State would fund these programs with savings from the court-ordered desegregation plan.

St. Charles County Senator..Democrat Ted House..Chaired the Committee. He says Missouri is on the right track, but there's no quick fix...

Actuality: House
RunTime:
OutCue:
Contents: "We're doing this for the long run. It's sometimes said in politics that a wise person plants a tree the shade under which he will never sit."

House will introduce a bill to adopt these changes during the upcoming Legislative Session.