Bill Aims to Raise High School Dropout Age From 16 to 18
By Associated Press
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Bills to increase the minimum dropout age and provide state funding for students over age 18 have come before the Montana Legislature.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau introduced the bills alongside two Democratic lawmakers Wednesday in the Senate Education and Cultural Resources Committee.
Senate Bill 14 would raise the public school dropout age from 16 to 18.
Senate Bill 12 would provide state funding for students over 18 who are completing high school.
Gov. Steve Bullock has preemptively included the cost of both bills - more than $1 million - in his proposed budget.
A Montana Rural Education Association representative argued that a higher dropout age would negatively affect homeschool graduation requirements and that alternative schools already serve students over 18.
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