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Officials Propose Making All Kids 'Stay In School'25:00

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"Don't be a fool, stay in school," said Mr. T.

Several city and state officials want to increase the legal heft of that statement.

Current Massachusetts students are allowed to drop out of school at age 16. Now there's multiple efforts to increase the compulsory attendance age to 18. But is reducing the state's drop-out rate as simple as requiring students to attend?


  • John Connolly, Boston City Councilor
  • Jill Norton, executive director, Rennie Center for Education Research And Policy
  • Paul Leather, deputy commissioner, New Hampshire Department of Education

This segment aired on June 27, 2011.

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