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Senate bill raises dropout age


The Senate Education Committee has approved a bill that would raise the minimum dropout age from 16 to 18, but not before making an amendment that would delay implementation of the change.

The original measure, which cleared the House earlier this month, would have implemented the change in 2013. The Senate change approved Tuesday would raise Kentucky’s minimum dropout age from 16 to 17 effective July 1, 2015. A year later, the minimum dropout age would go to 18.

Nearly 6,500 Kentucky students dropped out last year.

Senate Education Committee Chairman Ken Win- ters, R-Murray, said delaying the effective date gives students and parents more time to adjust to the higher dropout age.

The legislation is House Bill 301.

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