POSTED: Friday, August 6, 2010 - 6:31pm
UPDATED: Saturday, August 7, 2010 - 9:38am
Las Vegas school board considers drastic step to keep kids in school...
Las Vegas, NV -- School administrators in Las Vegas say they have come up with a way for students to pay attention to things like attendance, grades, and graduation. Take away the car keys. The school board say they will ask Nevada lawmakers to pass a law that will let school officials decide whether teens can have a driver's license or a work permit.
Even the School Board calls it a drastic step but truancy and low graduation rates they say can no longer be tolerated. This week they voted unanimously to move forward with a bill that would keep kids accountable one that could even cost them a driver's license.
Joyce Haldeman the Associate Superintendent of the School Board says
"we simply want to make one of the requirements for a drivers license be attached to student attendance and adequate performance in the classroom."
They're calling it the Graduation Priority Act, a bill that would incorporate several different measures to discourage students from skipping class.
Along with the grade and attendance requirements for driver's licenses, there would also be restrictions on the number hours a student could work. District leaders say too many kids are in school full-time and also working full-time.
School Board President Terry Janison says "it shouldn't have to be up to us but if we are going to be held accountable as a school district for ensuring that children are graduating then we're going to have to take some steps to ensure that that happens."
The Board fully expects to hear opposition and some members even expressed their own reluctance toward becoming a quote, "moral agency.” Students themselves are expected to protest but bottomline, the new requirements the Board believes will provide new incentive to students who until now may have had very little.
Nevada has the lowest high school graduation rates in the country with about 47.3%.