In addition to losing out on a diploma, dropping out of
high school in Illinois soon could cost teens their driver’s licenses.
The state’s Senate Transportation Committee unanimously
approved a bill that would take high school dropouts driving privileges away
until they re-enroll or turn 18 years old. The bill also would revoke licenses
of students with 18 or more unexcused absences.
“I think we all recognize the issue and the problem of
dropout that we have in secondary education,” Sen. Frank Watson, R-Greenville,
told The Quad-City Times. “This is an attempt to try to address that.”
Watson said dropouts are more likely to end up in jail, so
these types of deterrents are needed.
According to The Times, more than 45,000 students
were chronically truant in Illinois a year ago, and there were 85,000 dropouts.
HB1463 is awaiting a vote before the full Senate. It passed
the House earlier this month.