New Dropout Age To Be Implemented Statewide

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Updated: 7/10/2013 12:45 pm
Just two weeks after given the option to raise the dropout age from 16 to 18, 96 school districts in Kentucky have adopted the policy, and more are in the process of approving it.

Senate Bill 97, known as the "Graduate Kentucky" bill, passed earlier this year and requires students to remain in school until 18 or until they graduate.

The original attendance law was created in 1934 and only required students to be in school until they were 16.

The new bill allowed each school district to decide whether or not to adopt the policy until 55% of the districts in the state agreed to enact it.

Since that 96-district goal has been reached, the rest of the 173 districts are required to implement a compulsory attendance age of 18 by the 2017-18 school year.

June 25th was the first say boards of education could adopt the standard, and within the first 48 hours, 58 districts had signed on.

You can learn more about the policy here.
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