At the North Carolina State Board of Education meeting held on October 6th, resolutions were presented by Hickory county schools and Newton-Conover schools regarding the drop out age.
The resolutions raise the drop out age from 16 to 18, thereby making 11th and 12th grades compulsory.
These resolutions are counter to North Carolina’s education statutes on compulsory education. North Carolina law states that children must attend school starting no later than seven years old and ending at sixteen.
The ramifications for any student now attempting to drop out prior to their 18th birthday in those districts will see their parents being charged with a class 3 misdemeanor.