FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky House has overwhelmingly
backed a bill that would gradually raise Kentucky's minimum school
The measure that's drawn endorsements from first lady Jane
Beshear and basketball great Earvin "Magic" Johnson cleared the
House on a 94-6 vote Thursday. The bill now goes to the Senate.
The legislation would raise the dropout age from 16 to 17
starting in July 2013. A year later, the minimum dropout age would
go to 18. It also directs the Education Department to support
statewide strategies to prevent students from dropping out.
Supporters said the bill seeks to change Kentucky's culture by
signaling that at-risk students will have to stay in school two
years longer. Some opponents worried that keeping them in school
will "water down" the education of motivated students.
The legislation is House Bill 301.
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