Dropout Age Increased to 18 Across Kentucky

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - So many Kentucky school districts have opted to increase the dropout age to 18 that all others will now have to follow.

Gov. Steve Beshear announced Wednesday that 96 school districts have decided to hike the dropout age incrementally over the next four years from 16 to 18.

The Legislature passed a law earlier this year that allows individual school districts to abandon a generations-old policy that allows 16-year-olds to quit school. That law includes a provision that forces the change statewide after 55 percent of school districts sign on.

To quicken the change, Beshear's office and education officials began what they dubbed the "Blitz to 96" - the number of districts needed to make the change statewide.

They did that in part by offering $10,000 districts that signed on.

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