Dropout Bill

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.

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky students would be barred from dropping out of school before they're 18 years old under legislation passed by the Legislature on Monday.

The Senate voted 33-5 late Monday afternoon for final passage. That vote came on the heels of 88-10 House vote.

Raising the dropout age has been a priority for Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, who has been pushing legislation since he took office in 2007.

House Passes Bill Raising Minimum Dropout Age To 18

Feb 14, 2013

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Students wouldn't be allowed to drop out of school before their 18th birthday under legislation that has passed the House.

The vote was 87-10 Thursday afternoon. Gov. Steve Beshear, a two-term Democrat, has been promoting the legislation for years, most recently in his annual State of the Commonwealth speech.

The proposal would increase the dropout age incrementally from 16 to 17 to 18 over a period of years, giving both students and school districts time to adjust to the change.