Bill to raise dropout age in Kentucky passes committee

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A bill aimed at gradually raising
Kentucky's school dropout age from 16 to 18 has cleared the House
Education Committee with strong support.
The bill's lineup of supporters at the committee hearing Tuesday
included first lady Jane Beshear, House Speaker Greg Stumbo and
state Education Commissioner Terry Holliday.
Beshear said the proposal signals to Kentucky youngsters that
they're expected to finish high school, and that the state won't
let them give up on themselves if they are struggling.
The bill would raise Kentucky's minimum dropout age from 16 to
17 effective July 1, 2013. A year later, the minimum dropout age
would go to 18. The measure also sets a goal of a state high school
graduation rate of at least 90 percent by July 2015.
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The legislation is House Bill 301.

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