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St. Louis City School District Can Raise Compulsory School Age

April 17, 2002
By: JiaoJiao Shen
State Capital Bureau

Kids would not be able to drop out of school until they're 17 years old, under a bill approved by the Missouri House Wednesday. JiaoJiao Shen has the story from Jefferson City.

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Under the bill, schools in St. Louis City could require students to stay in school until they are 17 years old.

Representative Robert Hilgemann of St. Louis City is sponsoring a bill that allows schools in St. Louis to raise their compulsory school age from 16 to 17.

But this bill doesn't apply to all the schools in St. Louis.

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Contents: Hilgemann says the bill would only help school districts that have programs that would help kids stay in school.

The bill faces a final vote in the House, and then moves to the Senate.

From Jefferson City, JiaoJiao Shen


Kids have to stay in school until they're 17 under a bill up for vote in the House. JiaoJiao Shen has more from the Capitol.

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If a kid wants to drop out of school in St. Louis City, he may have to wait another year.

Representative Robert Hilgemann of St. Louis City is sponsoring a bill allowing the St. Louis City School District to raise its compulsory school age from 16 to 17.

That means a student faces serious consequences if he drops out before he's 17.

Hilgemann says the student could face a variety of punishments.

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OutCue: go to jail for it
Contents: Hilgemann says the student and his parents could go to truancy court. You could also go to jail for it.

The bill faces a final vote in the House, and then moves to the Senate.

From Jefferson City, JiaoJiao Shen


The St. Louis City School District can require students to stay in school an extra year, under a bill up for consideration in the House. JiaoJiao Shen has more from Jefferson City.

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A student wanting to drop out of school at 16 may have to stay in school an extra year.

Representative Robert Hilgemann's bill lets St. Louis City schools raise the compulsory school age from 16 to 17.

This bill faced opposition on the House floor in first-round debate.

Representative Bill Linton of St. Louis County had some concerns about this bill.

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OutCue: for their family
Contents: Linton says some kids need jobs to make money to support their families and if the school age is raised, then these kids can't make money to help their families.

The bill waits for a final vote in the House then moves to the Senate.

From Jefferson City, JiaoJiao Shen