House defeats bill raising dropout age from 16 to 17

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The state House of Representatives has rejected a bill that would have required students to stay in school a year longer before dropping out.

House Bill 198 failed on a 33-26 vote Thursday.

The bill would have required public school students to attend classes until they are 17 or have completed the 11th grade.

Under current law, a student can drop out at age 16 or after completing 10th grade.

Supporters argued the bill could help students reach graduation from high school, but opponents said it would infringe on parental rights in making decisions about their children.

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