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Students should be required to attend school up to graduation or at least through* 18-years-old (*meaning that if the student would graduate at 18 years of age because of their date of birth they should be required to attend through 18 up to their next birth date or graduation, whichever comes first).

Un-graduated individuals over 18 years of age should be required to acquire their GEDs or high school equivalency diplomas, however, if they receive public benefits, like welfare or food stamps, or if they are residing in homeless shelters that are publicly funded[1]; incarcerated individuals should also be required to complete their GEDs or high school equivalency diplomas. The need for public programs and correctional systems are for the most part symptomatic of the flaws in our education systems that have historically permitted students to drop out of school before graduation or adulthood, and have not taken optimal measures to assure that all students are availed the quality of education and attention that they need to achieve academic and professional success. Very few interventions have been taken furthermore to address the crisis of homelessness among students (while students who are homeless often find difficulty performing or keeping up with their studies, and while some have never set foot in a school due to their circumstances); and never has education been the centripetal element of corrections, as it in fact should be.

Raising the compulsory school age to graduation or 18-years-old and making it illimitable for criminal offenders lacking high school diplomas and job skills should be enforced by law enforcement in the same manner that compulsory attendance is enforced for younger children in the school system, and reiterating that an adult lacking a high school diploma and job skills who is incarcerated should be required to fulfill the noted educational requirements as a term of release. Should a detained individual be released before completion of a compelled educational program he or she should be mandated to meet those requirements in free society or face incarceration again for failure to do so; in such an event, the individual should be required to fulfill their educational requirements while detained.

Compulsory attendance for welfare recipients lacking high school diplomas would be applicable only to receipt of benefits, and those receiving benefits would not be subject to incarceration for failure to attend, though attendance should be highly encouraged.

[1] It is absolutely abhorring and should be unlawful for anyone to live in the streets, readily exposed to danger or crime and harsh seasonal elements, or posing threat to public safety. Shelter should be provided to all homeless persons, with priority given to homeless children (who would attend local public schools) and their families. Residential facilities for the homeless would be ideally managed by the Department of Labor, with both education and employment requirements for applicable adults.