Daniel Patterson, a state legislator from Tucson has introduced legislation that increases the age a student can drop out from 16 to 18. The legislation also removes the option for students to drop out after their sophomore year.
Patterson did not introduce any accompanying legislation to improve the schools while the students are required to attend them. Patterson’s legislation will require students under the age of 18 to earn a GED or diploma before leaving school.
Approximately one-quarter of Arizona’s students drop out.
Patterson, (D) says that the legislation aimed at better preparing students for their future, but made no provisions for the classrooms to better prepare students.