High School Dropouts

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The rush among Kentucky school boards to raise their school dropout age turned into an early stampede - set off at least partly by a cash enticement.

Local school boards started voting last week to increase the dropout age from 16 to 18, and within the first two days a whopping 54 school districts did so. By Monday morning, 78 districts were on board, closing in on the number needed to guarantee the policy change is applied statewide.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The Jefferson County Board of Education has voted in favor of a resolution calling for an increase in the dropout age.

The Courier-Journal reports the board voted on the measure that supports raising the dropout age to 18 despite concerns from member Linda Duncan that it wouldn't "cure out-of-control kids and keep them in school."

A formal vote on the issue won't come until July, and the policy wouldn't go into effect until the 2015-16 school year.