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Tue August 4, 2009
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Candidate for Governor Discusses Plans to Lower Drop Out Rate

Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) A Democratic candidate for governor, U.S. Rep. Artur Davis, wants to raise Alabama's school dropout age from 17 to 18.

That's one of several proposals in Davis' plan to reduce the school dropout rate. Davis says he will unveil details of the plan at a news conference Tuesday in Montgomery.

Davis' plan calls for after-school programs to help students at risk of dropping out of school. The candidate is also calling for the revocation of the driver's license of any student who drops out of school for non-medical reasons.

Davis is also proposing a tax credit of $500 per child for low-income parents, but the parents would lose the tax credit if their child skips school chronically, drops out, or threatens or uses violence against teachers or students.