RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) - The Madison County School Board plans to vote next week on whether to raise the dropout age in the district to 18.
Board Chair Mona Isaacs told The Richmond Register that the district hopes to become among the first in the state to adopt the stricter measure. The current dropout age is 16.
Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday on Wednesday offered the first 57 school districts that raise their dropout age to age 18 a $10,000 state grant.
The announcement came shortly after lawmakers passed a bill allowing school districts to make their own decisions on raising the dropout age, but includes a provision that once 55 percent of districts have done so, the change will be made statewide within four years.