LESLIE Co., Ky. (WYMT) - The Kentucky Department of Education is giving $10,000 to school districts participating in the “Blitz to 96” initiative.
Governor Steve Beshear and Education Commissioner Terry Holliday's goal is to keep students in the classroom.
They are pushing for half of our school districts to raise their graduation age policy from 16 to 18.
Fifty-four school districts have voted in favor.
This includes Leslie County schools.
Larry Sparks is the superintendent and says it is time to tackle this issue.
"If you don't have that high school education you're really trying to come back from behind in life. We don't want that. We want to try to have the best prepared students we possibly can," said Sparks.
Sparks says the new policy does not go into effect until the 2015-2016 school year.