Kentucky dropout age en Kentucky Leaders Celebrate Adoption of Higher Dropout Age <p><span class="paragraph-0">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.</span></p><p><span class="paragraph-1">Gov. Steve Beshear, first lady Jane Beshear, Education Commissioner Terry Holliday and Lawrence County High School senior Harley Ratliff are holding a news conference Thursday afternoon to mark the achievement.</span></p><div class="encrypted-content" style=""><p>A new law that went into effect this summer increases the dropout age statewide from 16 to 18 after 55 percent of the state's 173 school districts signed on.</p></div><div class="encrypted-content" style=""><p>The higher dropout age becomes a statewide standard by 2017.</p></div><div class="encrypted-content" style=""><p>The Beshears made increasing the dropout age a top priority after taking office in 2007. Thu, 08 Aug 2013 13:48:42 +0000 Associated Press 35230 at Kentucky Leaders Celebrate Adoption of Higher Dropout Age Warren County Schools Leader: New Dropout Age Raises "Accountability Level" <p></p><p>The superintendent of Warren County Public Schools says the new dropout policy that will be implemented statewide creates increased challenges for teachers and principals.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Rob Clayton </a>took over as head of Warren County schools last week, and supports increasing the dropout age to 18. It was announced Wednesday that<a href="" target="_blank"> over 55 percent of Kentucky schools districts</a> had voted to boost their dropout ages.</p><p>That means the policy will go into effect for all public school systems in the state within the next four years.</p><p>"It's an increased burden on the adults in the schools to not only make sure our students are engaged, but to ensure that they are learning and that we're meeting their needs," said Clayton, who came to Warren County after working in the Oldham County school system.</p><p>He told WKU Public Radio he thinks the increased dropout age will "raise the accountability level" for both students and educators, something he thinks will benefit all parties involved. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 19:10:53 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 33809 at Warren County Schools Leader: New Dropout Age Raises "Accountability Level" Kentucky Getting Closer to Threshold Needed for Statewide Increase in Dropout Age <p>Kentucky is inching closer to a mandatory increase in the dropout age for public school students. As of Tuesday, 92 school districts had adopted the new minimum dropout age of 18, leaving the state only four districts shy of the number needed to make the higher age mandatory statewide.</p><p>"And once we reach 96, that would be the 55 percent we need for the policy to go statewide within four years," said Kentucky Education Department Spokesman Nancy Rodriguez.</p><p>Rodriguez adds that school boards that voted on raising their dropout ages Monday night are expected to have mailed their documentation to Frankfort Tuesday. Once that paperwork gets to Frankfort, it could push the state over the 55 percent threshold.</p><p>Kentucky lawmakers passed a bill earlier this year that allowed each school district to hold a vote on raising the dropout age to 18. The law also says that if 55 percent of school districts adopted the new dropout age, it would became policy statewide. Tue, 09 Jul 2013 20:52:39 +0000 Kentucky News Network 33752 at Kentucky School Districts Race to Increase Dropout Age <p>In the first 48 hours since a new law took effect, 54 school districts in Kentucky have voted to raise the high school dropout age to 18.&nbsp;</p><p>Ninety-six districts need to act in order for the higher age to become mandatory statewide.&nbsp; Already halfway there, Governor Steve Beshear says he's confident the goal will be met by the end of the year.&nbsp;</p><p>For those districts that do act early, Beshear says they'll receive $10,000 grants to implement programs for students at risk of dropping out.</p><p>"Virtually every student I know who drops out doesn't do so because they just don't want to be there or they're just not smart enough to do the work," suggests Beshear.&nbsp; "They drop out because they're just not interested.&nbsp; We haven't found a way to prick their interest in completing an education."</p><p>Senate Bill 97, known as the “Graduate Kentucky” bill, passed this year and phases in an increase in the compulsory school attendance age from 16 to 18, amending the school attendance law created in 1934. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 15:23:30 +0000 Lisa Autry 33192 at Kentucky School Districts Race to Increase Dropout Age Poll: Kentucky Parents Favor Raising Dropout Age <p>A new poll shows that an overwhelming majority of Kentucky parents favor moving the dropout age to 18.</p><p>Currently, students can drop out of school at 16 with a parent’s permission. But Governor Steve Beshear has advocated moving that age to 18.</p><p>A poll by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky shows that 85 percent of parents agree with the governor and would like to see the age raised.</p><p>Fifteen percent said they did not want to increase the dropout age.</p><p>The poll surveyed 1,000 parents in Kentucky and has a margin of error of three percentage points. Sun, 27 Jan 2013 22:00:00 +0000 25427 at