New Law Raises Dropout Age

Montgomery, Ala. (WXTX)-- Governor 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 measure 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 law takes effect with the upcoming school year.