Drop-out age goes up in Ala.

Sen. Arthur Orr
Sen. Arthur Orr

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Gov. Bob Riley has signed a new law raising the minimum age to drop out of high school in the state from 16 to 17.

The law, which Riley signed Monday, requires that a student must attend an exit interview with a school administrator and a parent or guardian before dropping out.

They also will have to sign a document showing that they understood the consequences of leaving school early.

The new law was sponsored by Sen. Arthur Orr, a Republican from Decatur.

It takes effect with the upcoming school year.

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