Senate committee approves alternative dropout bill

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Local school districts would have the
option to raise the minimum dropout age to 18 under a bill that has
cleared its first legislative hurdle.

The Senate Education Committee voted unanimously Thursday to
approve the proposal. It now goes to the full Senate for

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Jack Westwood of
Erlanger is an alternative to legislation being pushed by
Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear that would uniformly increase the
dropout age for all school districts from 16 to 18 by 2017.

Beshear said he was pleased to see some movement on the part of
the Senate on the issue.

The House Education Committee previously approved the Beshear
proposal. Westwood said he intended his bill as a compromise to
that proposal.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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