SC lawmakers debate yanking licenses for dropouts

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina teens would lose their driver's license until they're 18 if they drop out of school or miss too many days of class under a bill that lawmakers have advanced.

A House Education subcommittee unanimously approved the measure Thursday.

Rep. Tom Young says threatening to yank the driving privileges would be a powerful incentive for students to stay in school. The Aiken Republican says many of the state's problems stem from too many people lacking education.

The bill goes to the full Education Committee, where Chairman Phil Owens of Easley says he supports the legislation.

The National Conference of State Legislatures says at least 20 states have passed similar laws.

South Carolina's on-time graduation rate is 74 percent.

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