Should the dropout age be lowered to 16?

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RAPID CITY S.D. (KEVN) - When teenagers in South Dakota reach the age of 18, they can decide to drop out of high school. A new bill making its way through the state legislature aims to lower that threshold to the age of 16.

House Bill 1232 would lower the compulsory age for school attendance from 18-years-old to 16.

We reached out the bill's sponsors, including District 29 Representative Thomas Brunner and District 28-B's Sam Marty, both Republicans but we didn't get a response.

The Superintendent of Rapid City Area School District says she's against the change; calling it a short term fix for a bigger issue.

"I think students need to be in school until the age of 18. I think otherwise they're making an important decision that could have a profoundly negative impact on the rest of their life," says Dr. Lori Simon the Superintendent of Rapid City Area Schools.

As of Wednesday, House Bill 1232 is scheduled for a hearing on February 20th.