ATLANTA, GA — State Representative Rashad Taylor (D-Atlanta) reintroduced the Dropout Deterrent Act which raises the compulsory attendance age in Georgia to 17. Rep. Taylor reintroduces his legislation following a charge from President Barack Obama for states to raise their compulsory attendance age.
“We must send a message to our young people that the State of Georgia will not give up on them at 16 years old,” said Rep. Taylor.
In 2009, Rep. Taylor introduced HB 634, The Dropout Deterrent Act. HB 634 was referred to the House Education Committee where it never received a hearing. At the request of former Superintendent Kathy Cox, Rep. Taylor served on the Dropout Prevention Task Force working with education leaders to devise strategies to decrease the dropout rate in Georgia.
“I call on my Republican colleagues to pass this bill this year, no matter the costs,” said Rep. Taylor.
Rep. Taylor serves on the Education, Regulated Industries, and Ways and Means Committees. He is Vice Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus.
Nationwide, 16 remains the most common age to legally drop out of school.