Poll: Kentucky Parents Favor Raising Dropout Age

A new poll shows that an overwhelming majority of Kentucky parents favor moving the dropout age to 18.

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.

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.

Fifteen percent said they did not want to increase the dropout age.

The poll surveyed 1,000 parents in Kentucky and has a margin of error of three percentage points.