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Kentucky Senate allows higher dropout age

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February 14, 2012

Frankfort, Kentucky: The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill that would allow local school districts to raise the dropout age from 16 to 18 in their district. The House version does not have the local provision,[1] but would establish the higher dropout age for the whole state. The House bill is seen as unlikely to pass in the Republican-majority Senate. [2]

The Senate bill also differs from the House bill in including a requirement for alternative education options.[1]

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear (D) has long supported raising the dropout age statewide. He said the Senate bill was encouraging.[1]

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