Dropouts may lose driver's licenses under SC bill

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina teens who drop out of school or accumulate too many absences would lose their driver's licenses until they're 18 under a bill up for debate.

A House Education subcommittee is set to consider the bill Tuesday. It was initially set for discussion last week, but the meeting was postponed.

Republican Rep. Tom Young of Aiken has says that threatening to yank students' driving privileges would be a powerful incentive for them to stay in school.

The bill would suspend the driver's license or permit of a student who misses seven unexcused days of class, drops out or has been expelled.

An exception could be made if the teen needs to get to work or drive a sick family member to medical treatments.

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