Magic at State Capitol

A basketball legend made a special visit to the State Capitol Thursday.

Magic Johnson appeared with Governor Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear to recognize Kentucky's efforts to try to raise the drop out age from 16 to 18.

Johnson says the Beshears' commitment to improving the lives of Kentuckians is remarkable and he says their determination is a model for other states to follow.

Johnson simply stated that Kentucky must raise the drop out age.

"People today have to have an education," Magic Johnson said. "If you think about the economy, the way things are going, you cannot survive in this economy without a proper education, so we must continue to rally behind our young people."

More than 6,000 students dropped out in 2008, and according to figures released Thursday, 26 percent of Kentucky adults do not have a high school diploma.

The legislation, House Bill 301, passed a committee last week. But it's since been reassigned to the Appropriations and Revenue Committee for another hearing.


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