New York City mayoral candidate and current City Council Speaker Christine Quinn wants to raise the legal dropout age in NYC to 18 years of age. The current dropout age is 17, which was raised from 16 in 2005. According to the New York Post, high school dropouts on average earn $8,000 less per year than a high school graudate:
"'Anything less than 100 percent graduation rate is unacceptable, and we, as a city, must strive to change this and take measures to correct it,' Quinn said."
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