School dropouts could lose driving privileges

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Discussion is delayed on a South Carolina bill in which students who drop out of school or skip too many classes would lose their driving privileges until they're 18.

A House subcommittee was set to consider the bill Wednesday, but the meeting was likely to be postponed as debate on the House floor continued.

The bill would suspend the driver's license of teens who drop out, are expelled or accumulate more than seven unexcused absences. Proponents say the threat would be a strong incentive for students to stay in class.

The idea died in the Legislature last year.

South Carolina's on-time graduation rate is 72 percent.

In South Carolina, teens can begin driving at 15 with a permit. They can get a regular license at 17.

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