Michigan Bill Says Students Who Skip School Could Lose Their Driver’s Licenses

driverShow me a student who hasn’t skipped school and I’ll show you a three-dollar bill.

Okay, that might be a stretch but a lot of kids skip school, at least once, it’s almost a rite of passage for teenagers.

Now, according to TIME, Michigan lawmakers are thinking about taking away a student’s driver’s license for truancy. Students in that state are required to be in school until 18.

The proposed legislation would require judges to inform the secretary of state – who oversees the issuance of licenses about excessive truancy cases. The secretary of state could then suspend licenses of minors found by a circuit court to be absent for six months or more or deny licenses to students who don’t have them yet.

Democratic Rep. Andy Schor introduced the bill and says taking away driving privileges is a great motivation for teens to stay in school.

“Driving is a privilege, and there is no bigger incentive to most teens than being able to drive,” Schor said.

I can’t even count the number of ways in which this bill blows. Firstly, the school should have nothing to do with whether or not my kid gets a license, period. If I want to punish my kid for skipping school by taking away his or her license, that’s my business, not the state’s.

Secondly, trying to force kids back into school by taking away their licenses seems like a great way to get more unlicensed drivers on the road and not more kids into school. That’s all we need: a bunch of teenagers without licenses roaming our roadways.

While the intention is a noble one, schools need to turn over truant kids to their parents, not the state. Now, if you want to talk about moving the legal driver’s license age to 18, I’m all ears.

As for Schor’s bill, according to Fox News, it’s already garnered a half-dozen Republican cosponsors. Schor hopes to get a hearing early next year.

What do you think? As a parent would you support this bill? Why or why not?


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