Local Educators React to Obama's Proposal to Raise Drop Out Age to 18

(WEBB CITY, MO) -- President Obama calls on every state to raise the high school drop out age to 18.

"Tonight I'm proposing that every state, require that all students stay in high school until they graduate or turn 18," President Barack Obama said.

The drop out rate, something educators have been trying to decrease for decades.

President Obama tackled this issue at his State of the Union Address.

"The more time they're in school, the more possibilities they have to graduate," Webb City Superintendent, Dr. Anthony Rossetti says.

Superintendent of Webb City Schools Dr. Anthony Rossetti believes it's important to develop policy's that will lead students to be more successful in the long run.

"The growth in income potential for a student is exponentially larger for a graduate than a non-graduate," Dr. Anthony Rossetti says. "So we want to do those things that promote education and this is a positive step forward."

Twenty states already enforce 18 as the drop out age. For Missouri, the age was raised from 16 to 17 in 2009 and Dr. Rossetti says he's already seen some benefits.

"Looking back at our track record, we see kids dropping out as freshman and sophomores, but we're not seeing that because they have to come to school," Dr. Anthony Rossetti says.

Obama also proposed a way to control college costs by extending the tuition tax credit.

"Higher education can't be a luxury," President Obama said.

The Missouri Department of Education says every 26 six seconds a student drops out college.

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