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Bill raising dropout age advances



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A bill aimed at raising Kentucky’s minimum school dropout age has cleared another hurdle in the General Assembly.

It easily cleared the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee on Tuesday. If it passes, the proposal would eventually require Kentucky students to stay in school until reaching age 18.

The legislation would raise the dropout age from 16 to 17 starting in July 2013. A year later, the minimum dropout age would go to 18. It also directs the Education Department to support statewide strategies to prevent students from dropping out.

Supporters include first lady Jane Beshear and basketball great Earvin “Magic” Johnson, who recently promoted the bill at Kentucky’s Capitol.

Rep. James Comer of Tompkinsville voted against the bill. Comer said he’s concerned about the lack of quality alternative programs for students.


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