Officials Mark Success Of "Graduate Kentucky"

Aug 8, 2013

FRANKFORT, Ky. - State officials gathered at the Capitol Thursday to recognize the success of the “Graduate Kentucky” initiative that will raise the compulsory attendance age for students in the state to 18.

Just weeks after Kentucky school districts were granted the ability to raise the dropout age, 120 had adopted the policy. The first 96 were awarded $10,000 planning grants, but now that the state has passed the compliance threshold specified in the Graduation Bill, the remainder of Kentucky’s districts must raise their dropout ages to 18 by the 2017-18 school year.

At the press conference, Governor Beshear described the success of the initiative as a turning point for education in the state.

"Historians are going to look back on this as the day that Kentucky accelerated efforts to strengthen its economic capability and to raise the quality of life for its people," Beshear told the audience.

The graduation bill amended a school attendance law that was created in 1934. It will require students to stay in school until they turn 18 or earn a high school diploma.