We hear a lot now days about raising the minimum wage and our declining high school graduation rates. My suggestion is that we tie the two together.
Without a high school degree, a person would be ineligible for the state of Washington’s high minimum wage requirements. I suggest this for three reasons:
• A person without a high school degree is less valuable to an employer then a person with the degree. Accordingly, the employer should not have to pay as much.
• This would present a definite tangible reward to kids to remain in school. It may motivate them to attend classes regularly, find a better school or just settle in for the required effort.
• The lower wage might entice employers to give these non-degreed kids a second look when hiring for jobs.
I am not a proponent of minimum wage, but I am also not a proponent of an uneducated workforce. Possibly the two together could create a positive result.