I came across an article on Mass Live.com that makes the case for raising the dropout age to 18. This is something that I have advocated for years!
By raising the age to 18 our educators will be given more time and hopefully more options to address the needs of an at risk student. There is a belief that too often a struggling student enters high school with the mindset that 16, the age they can currently dropout, is the goal, not a high school diploma.
Raising the age to 18 is not by itself going to make all our students high school graduates, but it's a start.