Guest View: The Time is now: Every child needs a high school diploma

In the February 9, 2012 Standard Times Rep. Cabral wrote a guest editorial.

“We also know that when students don’t walk away from their education, more of them walk the stage to get their diploma. When students are not allowed to drop out, they do better. So tonight, I am proposing that every state, every state, requires that all students stay in high school until they graduate or turn 18.”

These were President Obama’s words in his State of the Union address on Jan.y 24. With those words, he joined those of us who have long advocated updating our state’s laws governing mandatory school age to reflect the economy young people face today and will continue to face in the years to come.

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