Obama’s graduation ‘mandate’ questioned

Home schoolers are in an uproar after President Barack Obama called for a mandate to require students to stay in high school until they graduate or reach 18.

“So tonight, I am proposing that every state — every state — requires that all students stay in high school until they graduate or turn 18,” the president said during his State of the Union address last week, arguing that when students are not allowed to drop out of school, “they do better.”

That statement has raised some hackles among those who see it as the federal government trying to insert itself into another arena where it does not belong. Will Estrada of the Home School Legal Defense Association says it is not the government’s role to tell states when students should graduate or how long they should remain in school. He adds that this mandate could have an even more troublesome potential problem for those who educate their children at home.
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