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Nine thousands Fla. students didn't graduate high school last year


Nine thousand Florida high school students dropped out before finishing high school last year.

State lawmakers are looking at doing something to curb that number. Florida is looking at joining 20 other states and Washington D.C. In raising the drop out age to 18. Right now, in Florida, students can drop out at age 16 with their parents permission. Many feel that is simply too young to make that big of a choice.   

"I believe that we need to make them stay in school until 18 when they at least have enough maturity to make the decision if they want to continue."

Some state lawmakers suggest that schools need to create special programs aimed at helping "at risk" students stay on track and in school.