SC bill would take license from school dropouts

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina teens who drop out of school or habitually skip their classes would lose their driving privileges until they're 18 under a bill being pushed by a freshman lawmaker.

Rep. Tom Young called it a short-term solution to the long-term problem of too many students not graduating. He believes threatening to yank the rite of passage from truant youth would be a powerful incentive to keep them in school.

The proposal would allow parents to appeal for an exception if the teen needs a license to get to work or to drive a sick family member to medical treatments.

Education Department officials say the bill would improvement the state's on-time graduation rate of 74 percent, but will add costs if students cannot drop out before they are 18 years old.

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