Dropping out, splitting up
Teens who want to drop out of high school before they turn 18 soon could have some new hoops to jump through. The House Committee on 21st Century Competitiveness is recommending that potential dropouts take a mandatory job training certification course before being allowed to leave high school, hoping that they will at least be ready for work if they choose not to attend college. The House K-12 Committee, meanwhile, is proposing that any district of 50,000 students or more - and that's a lot of them - be allowed to divide into two or more, so long as none of the new districts are smaller than 25,000 students. Each idea next heads to the Schools and Learning Council, which could put them in a bill for the full House or nix them out of hand.