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Should the school drop out age be raised to 18?

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -- Should students be forced to attend school until they turn 18? During his State of the Union address, President Obama proposed raising the high school drop out age to 18.

In Illinois and Missouri, the current drop out age is 17, but In Iowa, students can quit school when they turn 16.

Quincy superintendent Lonny Lemon says keeping kids in school is something everyone agrees is a good thing, but he worries about how the requirement would be enforced.

"The obstacle will be the same as what we're facing right now. How do we enforce it? How do we motivate that student to realize it's important that they go and get that education? That will be the struggle. From the educational standpoint it would be a home run," said Lemon.

Across the Midwest, reports show about 2 point 7 percent of high school students drop out every year.

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