Should students be required to stay in school until age 18?

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If passed into law, Bill 159 would require students aged 5 to 18 to stay in school, punishable by up to a $50 fine and a petty misdemeanor charge if violated.

Guam – Superintendent Jon Fernandez took to twitter over the weekend about legislation that could possibly change the requirements for all public school students.

Fernandez polled his followers on twitter saying: “There is legislation proposing to require students to be in school until age 18. Right now, students can leave at 16. What do you think?”

The tweet received a little under 1,500 votes, with 59% voting to raise the age to 18 while around 41% voted to keep it the same at 16.

The legislation Fernandez is referring to is Bill 159 authored by Senators Joe San Agustin, Wil Castro, and Dennis Rodriguez Jr.

If passed into law, Bill 159 would require students aged 5 to 18 to stay in school, punishable by up to a $50 fine and a petty misdemeanor charge if violated.