Kentucky state officials are celebrating in the Capitol with an event to recognize 120 Kentucky school districts that have voted to raise the dropout age to 18. Gov. Steve Beshear, first lady Jane Beshear, Education Commissioner Terry Holliday and Lawrence County High School senior Harley Ratliff are holding a news conference today afternoon to mark the achievement.
A new law that went into effect this summer increases the dropout age statewide from 16 to 18 after 55%of the state's 173 school districts signed on. The higher dropout age becomes a statewide standard by 2017. The Beshears made increasing the dropout age a top priority after taking office in 2007.