States have varying requirements for compulsory school attendance.
Most recently, Kentucky increased its dropout age from 16 to 18. The map below illustrates state dropout ages current as of July 2013:
School suspensions were once reserved for serious offenses including fighting and bringing weapons or drugs on campus. But these days they're just as likely for talking back to a teacher, cursing, walking into class late or even student eye rolling.
Online reporting software allows schools to submit, track and document potential safety threats in a centralized system.
Last year, a handful of states considered changing their school attendance laws without Obama's prodding.