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Tue March 2, 2010
Dropout bill update
By Tony McVeigh
Frankfort, KY – A bill boosting Kentucky's drop out age to 18 by July 2014 has moved another step closer to final passage. The House budget committee voted 26-1 for the measure, with only Tompkinsville Rep. James Comer voting No. He's concerned about the quality of drop out prevention programs.
"Many of the alternative programs in my area consist of an old coach that's been fired that's about as happy to be there as the students that they're going to stick in there. I've been in some of those classes, and it's just - you sit down and be quiet and we're gonna wait til the bell rings."
The bill, which unanimously passed the House Education Committee last month, now moves to the House floor.