Lawmakers weigh raising high school dropout age

Monday, March 19th, 2018

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSPA) – Students who want to drop out of high school may be disappointed about a new bill at the Statehouse. It would increase the dropout age from 17 to 18 years old.

Representative Wendell Gilliard from Charleston County is a member of the subcommittee that unanimously passed the bill onto its next phase. Gilliard says that extra year could make a difference.

“This measure will go far because you have a lot of students when you interact with them when they get to age 17 that’s the law they’re out. you see there’s no hope. but you see you have that percentage of children that want to keep on keeping on,” said Rep. Gilliard (D).