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Schenectady may require school until 18

Board looking at change to prevent dropping out

Buses park outside the Fine Arts Wing at Schenectady High School after school on April 9.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Buses park outside the Fine Arts Wing at Schenectady High School after school on April 9.
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Sixteen-year-olds in the Schenectady City School District may not have an easy escape from school this fall. The Schenectady Board of Education is considering a new rule that would make school mandatory until age 18. According the state Education Department, individual school boards can vote to change the compulsory school age. However, 17-year-olds who get a job would still be allowed to drop out. If the school board votes to make the change, unemployed students ...


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cracker
June 7, 2013
11:12 p.m.

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I Don't think individual school districts should be deciding this. There should be a uniform state law.

reader1
June 8, 2013
8:01 a.m.

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Might also want to consider mandatory pre-k, but allow parents to opt out if they can show their child is on track to start Kindergarten with the right cognitive and learning tools.

MollyBracken
June 8, 2013
8:57 a.m.

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As a teacher (in Schenectady) I can see the pros and cons to this but I must take issue with the statement that teaching an 18 year old who doesn't want to learn is no different than teaching a 10 year old who doesn't want to learn. I have to wonder if the woman who made this statement has ever been in a classroom with an 18 year old male who doesn't want to learn. I have. And as an 'average sized' woman, I can say that I'd take the 10 year old any day over an angry adult male who has me by 6 inches and 50 pounds.

MollyBracken
June 8, 2013
9:44 a.m.

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And let's also not forget about the difference between 10 year old and 18 year olds when it comes to behavior and cognitive development. And then there's intrinsic vs. extrinsic motivation. Ten year olds are still motivated by things that would not work with an 18 year old. I think everyone can agree that getting a HS diploma is better than not getting a HS diploma. I just hope that all of the factors are being taken into consideration so that we are equipped to provide these students with what they need to be successful.

tonijean613
June 8, 2013
10:29 a.m.

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What about offering these older teens a life skills program? personal finance skills- banking, budgeting, paying bills, health and wellness, renting/maintaining a clean home, home maintenance skills, basic shopping and cooking- perhaps such skills would go a long way for this group of kids-

JIMOCONNOR
June 8, 2013
10:34 a.m.

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This is reductionistic and stupid. You can not make horses drink the water. Using age as a criteria does not directly lead to conference of diplomas, certifications, or good life decisions. If credentialing is a concern, the board needs to focus on the tracts leading to earning the different types of credentials a pupil can earn. Saying you must hang around until you are eighteen is self defeating. Earning a GED is hard. It should be hard. Going to homeroom, study hall, an elective, lunch, data center, study hall, and american history III is wasteful and misleading.

I'm not convinced it'll evan justify any extra state aid it generates

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