FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Senate Education Committee has
approved a bill that would raise the minimum dropout age from 16 to
18, but not before making an amendment that would delay
implementation of the change.
The original measure, which cleared the House earlier this
month, would have implemented the change in 2013. The Senate change
approved Tuesday would raise Kentucky's minimum dropout age from 16
to 17 effective July 1, 2015. A year later, the minimum dropout age
would go to 18.
Nearly 6,500 Kentucky students dropped out last year.
Senate Education Committee Chairman Ken Winters, R-Murray, said
delaying the effective date gives students and parents more time to
adjust to the higher dropout age.
The legislation is House Bill 301.
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