Brizard: Raising Dropout Age To 18 Is A ‘Wonderful Idea’

CHICAGO (CBS) — Gov. Pat Quinn says 17 is too soon to drop out of school, and he wants to raise the drop out age to 18.

WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports there is some support for the idea.

Chicago Public Schools chief executive officer Jean-Claude Brizard thinks raising the dropout age to 18 is a “wonderful idea.”

But he says the age cannot be raised in a vacuum.

“A lot more in terms of support has to be coupled with that, so raising the age is a good start, but what comes with that in terms of academic and psychological support to make sure kids sustain and actually graduate out of high school?” Brizard said.

He says the support for a higher dropout age in Illinois, will require more money from the state if the plan is to be effective.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports

  • Afro

    I think that at age 16 kids already know if they are interested in graduating or not and forcing them to be in a class room that they do not wish to be in is an undue burden on the teachers and a major disruption to other students who do want to learn and graduate.

    • Roberta Waker

      You’re right. If they don’t want to graduate or learn anything, they will take time away from the students that DO. If they want to graduate and stay in school, they WILL. Forcing them is a waste of time and tax dollars because they will be an undue burden to everyone in school.

  • Fed up

    That’s right. Lets waste another year of money on these losers who will never amount to anything. The only good most of them will do is to give employment to prison guards.

    • THEE Yard Ape

      BRAVO !!!!!

  • James

    another black asking for more money from the government to give blacks special treatment.

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