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Wyoming considers raising drop out age

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The Wyoming Legislature may require high school students to stay in school until they graduate or turn 18.

A bill that would up the dropout age from 16 to 18 passed the first State Senate vote this week.  After two more the House will take a look at the legislation.

Sheridan High School Principal Dirlene Wheeler hopes the change will come, but says it will remain up to the schools and parents to provide the teenagers with the necessary guidance.

"There are a lot of 16 and 17-year-olds that are struggling in life and in school and so finding options for them to help them feel good about themselves and be successful and having strong relationships with those students is important, said Wheeler.

A Sheridan student who knows people who dropped out says the bill makes sense, because those students tend to come back to school.

"Usually they always go back to some form of education, whether it's a technical school, getting a GED.  But usually, in the end, they somehow regret dropping out of Sheridan High School or any high school, said senior Jin Kim.

Opponents of the bill believe the change won't make a difference, saying students who want to drop out will find a way.

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