Bill proposes stripping truant students of their driver’s licenses

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Legislation proposed in Lansing, Mich., would strip students of their driver’s licenses if they repeatedly miss class.

Rep. Andy Schor, of Lansing, introduced two bills last week in the Republican-controlled state House to combat truancy, the Associated Press reported.

“Children need to be in school learning,” the Democrat said in a statement. “If students aren’t in school, they can’t become educated and move on to become successful.”

“Schools have truancy plans in place, and this will be another way to ensure that students are in the classrooms. Driving is a privilege, and there is no bigger incentive to most teens than being able to drive.

With state law now requiring students to be in school until age 18, we have one more tool to ensure that they are in school and learning,” he said.

The legislation would require judges to report cases of truancy to the secretary of state, who would then suspend the license of a juvenile found by a circuit court to be willfully and repeatedly absent from school for six months, the AP reported.

Truants who have not yet been issued a license would also be denied one.

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