I see 3212, it merely outlines a parent's duty to enforce the truancy laws for thier child, that's all.I see nothing in the law you posted that would infer it is the minors choice. It merely states the ages which a minor must attend school.
Go here: http://public.leginfo.state.ny.us/me...MMONQUERY=LAWS
and cruise down to section 3212. That tells you who is responsible to see the minor does attend school.
Here is part of what I posted:
3. In each school district, the board of education shall have power to require minors from sixteen to seventeen years of age who are not employed to attend upon full time day instruction until the last day of session in the school year in which the student becomes seventeen years of age.
What do you take age 17 here to connotate? I take it as the minor can drop out at 17 if that school year has finished.
I also read it to say IF the 16 and 17 year olds ARE employed, they can drop out, even before the school year is over.