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Learn about state laws on when students may drop out of school legally, the consequences of dropping out, and alternatives.
Learn when students and their parents may and may not sue for injuries at school, including abuse, harassment, and inferior education.
School children have a range of rights under the U.S. Constitution, as well as federal andstate laws.
Learn about “compulsory education” laws, reasons for excused absences, and whathappens to truant student and their parents.
The State of New York allows students as young as 16 to drop out of school, but individual school districts may raise the legal dropout age. ... Read more
Students in Georgia can legally drop out of school after they turn 16, but they need their parents’ permission. ... Read more
Florida students can legally drop out of school after they turn 16, but they need to go through several steps and get their parents’ permission. ... Read more
Learn what you have to do if you want to drop out legally in California before you turn 18—and when you can get out of going to regular school. ... Read more
Learn the compulsory education requirements in your state—when children must start school and when they can drop out legally. ... Read more
Kentucky no longer allows you to withdraw from school legally until you turn 18. If you stop going to school before then, you’ll lose your driver’s license. ... Read more
South Carolina generally requires students to keep going to school until they turn 17, but some younger children can drop out legally. ... Read more
Pennsylvania students can’t drop out legally until they turn 17, but there are exceptions for some younger students who are working. ... Read more
Minnesota students may withdraw from school at age 17, but they need to go through steps first—including getting their parents’ consent. ... Read more