News in Brief

Md. District Backs Increase in Age for Mandatory School Attendance

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints
  • CommentsComments

The Montgomery County, Md., school board is pressing to increase Maryland’s age for mandatory school attendance from 16 to 18 to improve graduation rates.

The board voted unanimously on the measure calling for the change last week. But only state lawmakers can raise the age at which students can drop out of school.

Montgomery County officials say the graduation rate in the state's largest school system has fallen to its lowest level in more than a decade. It fell to 87 percent last spring from a high of 93 percent in 2003.

Vol. 29, Issue 10, Page 5

Published in Print: November 4, 2009, as Md. District Backs Increase in Age for Mandatory School Attendance
Related Stories
Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories