CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston County School District Board voted unanimously on Monday to back legislation that would curb high school drop out rates.
Mark Epstein, a former guidance counselor, wants to increase the legal drop-out age from 17 to 18 years old.
As of now, students in South Carolina can legally drop out of high school at 17 years old.
Epstein says by keeping them in school until 18, there is a higher chance that these students will graduate with high school diplomas.
Epstein has been meeting with local lawmakers, school boards and even the governor.
Twenty-four other states have already passed similar laws in the last few years.
Rep. Wendell Gillard is one of his biggest supporters and has vowed to write and sponsor this legislation.