Dropout Age

6:45 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Ky. Education Officials Monitoring Home School Opt-Outs as Dropout Age Increases to 18

Education Commissioner Terry Holliday
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  As the dropout age increases to 18 for most Kentucky public schools next academic year, the state education department will be closely monitoring its data.

Among the indicators that will be watched is the number of students who opt out for homeschooling.

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11:35 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Caldwell County School District Delays Increased Dropout Age

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Caldwell County School officials are waiting to increase the district's minimum dropout age because the district is not prepared to implement a program to prevent students from dropping out past the age of 16.

More than 100 districts have increased their dropout age to 18 voluntarily, in part, to receive a $10-thousand incentive from the Commonwealth.

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1:30 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Gov. Urges Remaining Ky. School Districts to Increase Dropout Age

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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is urging remaining school districts to be proactive in increasing the minimum dropout age from sixteen to eighteen.

So far, 105 school districts have voluntarily approved the policy change. 

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12:28 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Kentucky Governor, Education Leaders Celebrate New Statewide Dropout Age of 18

Originally published on Wed July 10, 2013 11:44 am

Just two weeks since Kentucky allowed school districts to voluntarily adopt the new compulsory dropout age of 18, enough districts have approved the policy to make it mandatory statewide in four years.

Gov. Steve Beshear and Education Commissioner Terry Holliday announced today that 96 districts—or 55 percent—have adopted the new policy raising the dropout age from 16, which has been in place since 1934, according to state officials.

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4:24 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Kentucky’s New Dropout Age Will Be 18

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 1:31 pm

In four years, Kentucky students won't be able to drop out of school until they're 18.

It appears that enough Kentucky school districts have, or plan to back increasing the compulsory dropout age from 16 to 18 to put the state over the threshold needed to make the change mandatory statewide.

More than 20 school districts that have not yet acted on the policy are scheduled to meet this week, and WFPL has confirmed several of those districts plan to adopt the policy.

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1:47 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Kentucky Education Association's New President: 'Teachers Ready for Increased Dropout Age'

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The new president of Kentucky’s teacher union indicates educators are ready for a tougher minimum dropout age.  Many school districts have already acted to increase the minimum from 16 to 18-years-old.  Kentucky Education Association President Stephanie Winkler says teachers see the higher minimum drop-out age as an opportunity

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8:06 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Kentucky School Boards Offered $10K to Adopt New Dropout Age

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Kentucky education commissioner Terry Holliday says the first 57 school districts that raise their dropout age from 16 to 18 will be given a $10,000 state grant.

Holliday made the announcement Wednesday during a state Board of Education meeting in Frankfort. Just before the announcement, board members voted unanimously to adopt a resolution urging Kentucky's 174 school districts to raise the dropout age as soon as possible.

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3:14 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Dropout Bill Signed into Law

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After five years of advocacy, supporters of raising Kentucky's dropout age to 18 celebrated Monday as Gov. Steve Beshear signed the bill into law.

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3:38 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Kentucky House OKs Dropout Bill Compromise; Expected to Become Law

The Kentucky House approved on Monday legislation that gradually raises the age when students can drop out of school—a compromise reached after past efforts to strike a deal failed. The dropout bill allows local school boards to choose whether to raise the dropout age to 18. After 55 percent of Kentucky's school boards raise the drop out limit, the change in four years becomes mandatory statewide.

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7:06 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Senate Passes Bill to Raise Dropout Age to 18

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The Senate has passed its own version of legislation that would require students to stay in school until they're 18, up from the current dropout age of 16. The vote was 36 - 2 yesterday. The House unanimously passed a similar proposal last week. Each chamber will consider the other's legislation.

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