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Bills would raise Mass. dropout age to 18

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BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts lawmakers are again considering proposals to raise the legal dropout age for public school students from 16 to 18.

The Legislature's Education Committee is scheduled to hear several bills on Tuesday that would require students to remain in school until they graduate or turn 18.

The panel also will consider measures that would allow the cities of Boston and Lawrence to change the dropout age to 18, even if the rest of the state were to remain at 16.

The committee approved a bill last year that would have raised the compulsory education age to 18 in two steps, but it did not receive a vote from the full Legislature before the end of the session.

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